Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (636)

Martin Heydon

Ceist:

636. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of rent allowance in County Kildare in each of the years 2007 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51716/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Rent supplement continues its vital role in supporting families and individuals in private rented accommodation, with the scheme supporting approximately 17,200 recipients for which the Government has provided €132.4 million for 2019.

The strategic goal of returning rent supplement to its original purpose, that of a short-term income support, has been primarily facilitated by the introduction of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP).

Since the introduction of HAP on the 2nd November 2015 for the County, rent supplement recipients in Kildare have fallen from 3,400 to approximately 820, as at end of November 2019. The identification of recipients for the County with long term social housing needs for transfer to HAP remains a key goal for the Department.

In recognition of the on-going rental market difficulties, the Department continues to implement a targeted case-by-case flexible payment policy approach that allows for flexibility where landlords seek rents in excess of the rent limits. To date, in excess of 14,260 cases have been provided additional flexible payment arrangements, having received support in excess of the prevailing rent limits.

Rent supplement recipient statistics in County Kildare for the period 2007 to 2018 and to end November 2019 are provided in the attached tabular statement.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Table: Rent Supplement Recipients for County Kildare 2007 to End November 2019.

Year

No. of Recipients

2007

2,675

2008

3,275

2009

4,161

2010

4,409

2011

4,447

2012

4,338

2013

4,135

2014

3,698

2015

3,396

2016

2,579

2017

1,874

2018

1,143

2019 (End of November)

823