Thursday, 21 January 2021

Ceisteanna (141, 143, 146)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

141. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of new local authority house building starts activated in the past 12 months; the number due to start in 2021 by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3499/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

143. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of local authority housing schemes likely to be started in the counties adjacent to Dublin in 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3501/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

146. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of houses likely to become available from the private sector developments to meet the needs of local authority housing applicants over the next four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3504/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 141, 143 and 146 together.

My Department has published the Quarter 3 2020 Social Housing Construction Status Report, which provides details of all social housing developments under construction in each local authority. The report is available at the following link:

https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-obrien-publishes-social-housing-construction-status-report-for-q2-2020-2/.

The data for Quarter 4 2020 is being compiled and the report will be published as soon as it is available.

The Report identifies the quarter in which local authority social housing construction projects started on site, including those that started in the preceding 12 months. Projects identified in the Report as at 'Stage 4 approved or Final Turnkey/CALF approval' have been approved by my Department and will start on site in 2021 (or may have started in Q4 of 2020), subject to restrictions arising from the response to Covid-19.

Budget 2021 provided €3.3 billion for the delivery of housing. The available funding will deliver 12,750 new social homes through build, acquisition and leasing. A major focus of this investment is the delivery of new build, with an overall target of 9,500 new homes, in addition to 800 acquisitions and 2,450 homes to be delivered through leasing programmes. The Government will be publishing a new housing strategy this year, which will set out details of social housing delivery for 2021-2025, including social housing targets for 2022 onwards.