Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Local Government Performance Indicators and Public Spending Code: National Oversight and Audit Commission

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance) | Oireachtas source

I do not know whether it is appropriate for us to suggest other stuff because NOAC is compiling so much information. However, the length of time people are in in terms of years – over years one, two, three, four and five - would be interesting, yet probably depressing, information. In addition, we should consider children. One of the worst aspects of all of this is children in emergency accommodation long term. I do not know whether it is possible to collate those slightly more broken-down figures.

In a similar vein, I do not know whether it appropriate to suggest or for NOAC to consider, or whether it has to be the Minister who says, things that might be additional areas of information that would be helpful, such as the housing allocations and, in particular, whether the allocations are one-, two- or three-bedroom. There is a big issue apparent in my area, and I think it is emerging in many places, around the allocations and where the new stuff that is being developed in many cases is one- and two-bedroom, particularly coming from Part V, whereas there is virtually no movement on the three- and four-bedroom lists. It is seen as an easier win, if you like, to get one- and two-bedroom properties. That is a lot of detail, but it would be very interesting to have.

The other one, which again I do not know if it is something NOAC discussed or thought about, is the reactivation or number of vacant properties now, which is becoming a big issue. I do not just mean local authority vacant houses but vacant houses in areas and the success of local authorities in reactivating them.

I am nearly out of time, so I had better be quick. I refer to the number of people removed from lists as a result of going over the thresholds.


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