Thursday, 10 September 2020

Ceisteanna (90)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

90. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the details of acquisitions or leases on estates (details supplied); the number of houses that were leased; the estates in which they were leased; the number of houses that were acquired; the housing mix in each of the estates; the cost of purchase; the cost of the leases; the duration of each lease; the entity which purchased or leased the houses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23057/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

It is a matter for Local authorities to provide and maintain housing in their area. They assess the housing needs for the area and build, buy and lease dwellings as appropriate to meet that need. In the case referenced, the information requested would be more appropriately addressed to Kildare County Council. While my Department provides financial support to local authorities for housing delivery in their functional area, the level of granular detail sought by the Deputy is not information that would be readily available to my Department in the format requested.

My Department publishes comprehensive statistics on a quarterly basis on all social housing delivery activity under Rebuilding Ireland. This is published on the statistics page of my Department’s website, at the following link:

https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/social-and-affordble/overall-social-housing-provision

This data provides a breakdown of social housing delivery across a range of mechanisms.

In addition to the statistical overview of activity in each local authority, a detailed Social Housing Construction Status Report is published each quarter which provides scheme level detail on new build activity under Rebuilding Ireland. The most recent publication covers the period up to the end of Q4 2019 and is available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link:

https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-murphy-publishes-social-housing-construction-status-report-for-q4-2019-2/

This is sorted by local authority, and gives a list of the individual projects that make up the new build programme for that local authority (excluding Part V delivery).

A version of this file can be downloaded at the following link and used for various analysis in terms of stage of activity, location, quarter of completion, number of homes etc.

https://data.gov.ie/dataset/social-housing-construction-status-report-q4-2019

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Q1 2020 returns were deferred to be collected in conjunction with Q2 2020 and both will be reported on in due course.