Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Ceisteanna (511)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

511. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if a decision on an application for a long-term leasing scheme (details supplied) will issue. [48712/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Over the course of the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan, the Government is committed to meeting the housing needs of over 138,000 households. This will be achieved through blended delivery, involving increasing the social housing stock by 50,000 homes, through build, acquisition and leasing programmes, and supporting some 88,000 further households through the Housing Assistance Payment and the Rental Accommodation Scheme.

Of the 50,000 social housing homes to be delivered under Rebuilding Ireland, over 10,000 homes will be leased by local authorities and approved housing bodies under leasing arrangements and availability agreements from a range of different sources, including direct leasing by local authorities and approved housing bodies, the Repair and Leasing Scheme, the Mortgage to Rent Scheme and Enhanced Leasing. In that regard, I can confirm that my Department issued approval to Westmeath County Council to enter into an availability agreement for 17 homes on a phased basis, in respect of the Moate Retirement Village, Moate, Co. Westmeath on 25 November 2019. This scheme will be used to accommodate households from Westmeath County Council's waiting list in accordance with the local authority's allocation scheme.