Written answers

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Social and Affordable Housing Expenditure

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
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207. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the cost of building an additional 1,000 social housing units per year on local authority or State-owned land; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40887/17]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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There are a number of variables in terms of estimating the cost of providing social housing units e.g. form of delivery, size of unit, land, funding etc.

The Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness is based on a blended approach to delivery, under which there are a range of delivery mechanisms such as building, leasing and acquisitions. 47,000 social housing units will be provided over the life of the Plan, and an additional 88,000 households will have their housing need met through Housing Assistance Payment and the Rental Accommodation Scheme.  €5.35 billion, made up of €4.5 billion capital and €0.85 billion current expenditure, is provided for to support the delivery of Rebuilding Ireland's social housing ambition.

In terms of construction and "all-in" costs, the averages for a range of differently sized social housing units are set out in the table.  These are based on the analysis of returned data from tendered social housing schemes over an extended period. Construction cost is reflective of building costs (including VAT) and also includes normal site works and site development. All-in cost includes cost of construction, land cost, professional fees, utility connections, site investigations/surveys, archaeology where appropriate, VAT and contribution to public art. Abnormal costs are excluded from these figures.

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