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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Housing Schemes

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Thomas Gould: 7. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the targets the vacant homes unit in his Department is working towards to tackle vacancy and dereliction. [32972/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Thomas Gould: I will ask the Minister about the targets towards which the vacant homes unit in his Department is working, to tackle vacancy and dereliction.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Peter Burke: Housing for All, which was published in September 2021, provides a new housing plan for Ireland to 2030. Its overall objective is that every citizen in the State should have access to good-quality homes through a steady supply of housing in the right locations, with economic, social and environmental sustainability built into the system. The strategy sets out, in four pathways, a broad...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Thomas Gould: On 5 May, the Minister of State confirmed to me through a response to a parliamentary question that he had no targets for social housing voids and that local authorities should set them. On 26 April, the Minister confirmed to me, again through a response to a parliamentary question, that he had not instructed local authorities to set targets for any area of vacancy, either voids or private,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Peter Burke: We clearly outlined the target numbers in the parliamentary question response for local authorities in terms of vacancy. We have had the biggest voids programme in the history of the State to bring in 6,000 voids over the past two years. It is highly inaccurate to say that the Department does not have targets when the evidence does not back up that assertion. Unfortunately, sometimes...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Thomas Gould: What I heard from what the Minister of State said was that having 90,000 vacant houses is not an issue because that is only 4.5% of the overall stock of housing. That is not good enough for a person stuck in the middle of a housing crisis who is looking at vacant and derelict houses in every city, town and village. In 2018, the Minister, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, referenced voids and said: ...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Darragh O'Brien: We are doing something about it.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Thomas Gould: We can send the quotation on to the Minister. Here we are in 2022, four years later. Deputy Darragh O'Brien is the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage and he cannot even fix the problem he called a scandal four years ago.

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Darragh O'Brien: Aside from what will be delivered through the first home shared equity scheme in South Dublin County Council there are more than 1,100 affordable homes in the pipeline between now and 2026. We will have thousands more through the first home shared equity scheme that will launch in July. It will give first-time buyers and those on the fresh start principle the opportunity and choice to be...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (23 Jun 2022)

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Housing Policy

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 6. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will provide an update on the review of the social housing income thresholds; and if he will indicate whether he intends to raise the thresholds. [33082/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: 9. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he has plans to examine the income limits for social housing; if they will be increased and whether those who have been removed from the list over the last period will be reinstated to their position on the lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32965/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I understand the Minister received in December a copy of the review of the social housing income eligibility threshold from the departmental officials. This is a matter that requires an urgent decision. More and more people are being done out of access to social housing supports. More and more people are having their social housing supports withdrawn. We even have a situation where people...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Peter Burke: I propose to take Questions Nos. 6 and 9 together. Applications for social housing support are assessed by the relevant local authority in accordance with the eligibility and need criteria set down in section 20 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and the associated social housing assessment regulations. The regulations prescribe maximum net income limits for each local...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I thank the Minister of State. My problem is that he did not answer the question. The information he has given us is very useful although I think everybody in the House knows it. The question is very simple. When will the review be published? What resolution of this is the Minister considering? People are being taken off the housing list week on week. I have been contacted about two...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Bríd Smith: The problem with the response of the Minister of State is that he said social housing has to look after the most vulnerable. We know, and it has just been outlined, that those who may be eight, ten or 12 years on the housing list and who get a small increase in their net income are taken off the housing list. This makes them very vulnerable. Many of them do end up in homelessness and they...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Housing Policy (23 Jun 2022)

Peter Burke: I absolutely understand the concerns of the Deputies. Every week at my clinics I meet very vulnerable people who are concerned about inflation and the risk to their position on the housing list. We are committed to ensuring we get the right answer. As I outlined in my contribution this has to be balanced with the amendments we have made through Housing for All, having record delivery of...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (23 Jun 2022)

Peter Burke: First, I acknowledge the very egregious case outlined by Deputy O’Callaghan. I am aware that last Friday the Deputy communicated with the Minister, Deputy O’Brien, in respect of that particular example and he will escalate that within the RTB. In the main, the RTB is doing its job. The legislation which this Dáil has put through is very strong on the sanctions that...

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