Written answers

Friday, 7 September 2018

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

 
  • Local Authority Staff Remuneration
    1322. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the full-year pay cost of senior positions (details supplied) in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
  • Housing Adaptation Grant
    1323. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if there is a scheme available via the HSE to assist homeowners financially towards remedial works to their house for a...
  • Free Travel Scheme Eligibility
    1324. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the reason Leap cards are only being given to homeless families during school terms despite the fact that many of the...
  • Social and Affordable Housing Funding
    1325. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when funding will be available for a rural cottage scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter....
  • Legislative Process
    1326. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the timeframe to publish the Bill to ban the use of microplastics; the progress to date on same; and if he will make a...
  • Housing Data
    1327. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if a cost analysis has been undertaken to evaluate the potential cost per year to the State to house persons who have had...
  • Nitrates Usage
    1328. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the cap on the amount of nitrates used by farmers will be increased (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on...
  • Local Authority Staff Recruitment
    1329. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of requests for allowances to hire front-line staff in a local authority (details supplied) for 2017 and to date...
  • Solar Energy Guidelines
    1330. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when guidelines as to the suitable locations for the construction of solar panels will issue. [36764/18]
  • Seanad Reform
    1331. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution (Election of Members of Seanad Éireann by Institutions of Higher...
  • Commercial Rates
    1332. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the business rates legislative proposals published since the Government took office; and the proposals that have been enacted...
  • Local Authority Funding
    1333. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the allocation to each local authority for estate management functions in 2017 and 2018. [35416/18]
  • Student Accommodation
    1335. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the protections in place to ensure that accommodation designed and built for students remains as student accommodation; and...
  • Traveller Accommodation
    1336. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the terms of the caravan loan scheme will be reviewed with a view to updating the legislation to make the scheme more...
  • Local Authority Staff Data
    1337. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of indoor and outdoor staff employed by each local authority in County Tipperary prior to the local authority...
  • Development Contributions
    1338. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if new guidelines regarding development contributions will be issued to all local authorities outlining that purpose built...
  • Emergency Accommodation Provision
    1339. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will issue a circular to all local authorities instructing them to provide free access to council sports and leisure...
  • Housing Data
    1340. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of pensioners in HAP and-or RAS tenancies in each of the years 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; the type of tenancy...
  • Residential Tenancies Board
    1341. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the case of persons (details supplied) will be reviewed; if a decision will be expedited; and if he will make a statement...
  • Emergency Accommodation Data
    1342. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of children in emergency housing accommodation by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the...
  • Local Authority Housing
    1343. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the reason for the delay in announcing funding for phase 2 of a project (details supplied) in view of the fact that phase 1...
  • Housing for People with Disabilities Provision
    1344. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his views on the recommendation by an organisation (details supplied) that wheelchair accessible housing be made more...
  • House Purchase Schemes
    1345. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of an application for a mortgage through the Rebuilding Ireland programme by persons (details supplied); and if he...
  • Social and Affordable Housing Provision
    1346. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the target date for the commencement of an affordable housing scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35830/18]
  • Rental Accommodation Scheme Data
    1347. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the spend on the rental accommodation scheme; the number of persons in receipt of the scheme, by county, in each of the years...
  • Housing Assistance Payment Data
    1348. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the spend on the housing assistance payment scheme; the number of persons in receipt of the scheme, by county, in each of the...
  • Ministerial Meetings
    1350. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he or his departmental officials have met with a company (details supplied); the number of times he has met with it; the...
  • Residential Tenancies Board Enforcement
    1352. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will consider proposals to place an obligation on landlords to pre-register a property with the Residential Tenancies...
  • House Purchase Schemes
    1353. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the definition of a first-time buyer for a separated person in relation to the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme further to...
  • Electoral Reform
    1354. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his plans to introduce legislation to extend gender quotas to local elections in time for the 2019 elections; if work is...
  • Local Authority Staff
    1356. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the work being undertaken to professionalise the provision of housing services in local authorities through specialist...
  • Vacant Properties
    1357. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his plans to introduce a grant to renovate old one-off housing in rural Ireland (details supplied) to assist with the housing...
  • Tenant Purchase Scheme Review
    1358. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his plans to reopen the tenant purchase scheme. [36066/18]
  • House Purchase Schemes
    1359. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if persons are considered to satisfy the eligibility criteria relating to employment for the Rebuilding Ireland home loan in...
  • Social and Affordable Housing Maintenance
    1360. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the steps taken by his Department in response to the European Committee of Social Rights finding in 2017 that Ireland was in...
  • Energy Efficiency
    1361. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if an allocation under phase 11 of the energy efficiency programme will be made to Longford County Council in order to carry...
  • Water and Sewerage Schemes Funding
    1362. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the rate of subsidy paid to group water schemes will be increased in view of the fact that the subsidies paid to group...
  • Housing Estates
    1363. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when the preparation and finalisation of a national protocol with regard to the taking in charge of estates served by...
  • Expert Panel on Concrete Blocks
    1364. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when the amendments to the mica report following from consultation submissions will be adopted; when the NSAI report will be...
  • Regulatory Bodies Role
    1365. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the progress that has been made in the establishment of the planning regulator, the recruitment of staff and securing of...
  • Child Care Services
    1366. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if community childcare facilities are exempt from rates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36235/18]
  • Home Loan Scheme
    1368. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of mortgage applications by local authority for the Rebuilding Ireland home loan; the number of loans issued; the...
  • Social and Affordable Housing Applications Data
    1369. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of social housing units built or acquired in Rush, County Dublin, in each of the years 2015 to 2017, inclusive,...
  • Home Loan Scheme
    1370. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the case of a person (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36278/18]
  • Credit Union Services
    1374. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of work with the credit unions and the approved housing bodies on the establishment of a special purpose vehicle...
  • Approved Housing Bodies
    1375. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the reclassification of approved housing bodies; and the work being undertaken to remove approved housing...
  • Social and Affordable Housing Provision
    1376. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the actions he has taken on foot of the review of delivery costs and viability for affordable residential developments. [36314/18]
  • Construction Industry
    1377. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the financial or other incentives that exist for the construction and delivery of commercial development. [36316/18]
  • Carer's Allowance Payments
    1378. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the policy of not allowing carer's allowance to be taken into account as earned income for the purposes of the Rebuilding...
  • Housing Agency Data
    1379. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the acquisition of vacant homes by the Housing Agency using its €70 million fund and other resources...
  • Property Registration
    1380. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the knowledge his Department has on the profile of the concentration of ownership of land here; the location in which such...
  • Housing Issues
    1381. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the action he is taking to deal with construction delays associated with Part V approvals; and if he will make a statement on...
  • Rents Data
    1382. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of individuals or families that pay rent to a private landlord each month excluding those that benefit from State...
  • Local Authority Housing Eligibility
    1384. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when a review of income limit guidelines for social housing provision will be carried out; and if he will make a statement on...
  • Flood Relief Schemes
    1385. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if funding is available via local authorities towards covering the cost of damage to private businesses that were uninsured...
  • Departmental Communications
    1386. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the arrangements in place in his Department and the organisations under its aegis for lo-call numbers or 1800, 1850 and 1890...
  • Fire Service Staff
    1388. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of fire fighters employed in each county in each of the past three years in tabular form; and if he will make a...
  • Social and Affordable Housing Expenditure
    1389. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the guidelines and rules in place for funding to local authorities in respect of turnkey housing schemes to be provided by...
  • Irish Water
    1390. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average connection fee charged by Irish Water for mains and sewerage for each local authority area in 2016, 2017 and 2018...
  • Social and Affordable Housing Data
    1393. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the new build housing target that was set for 2017; the way in which this compares to output by housing type; and if he will...
  • Social and Affordable Housing Eligibility
    1394. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the way in which the cost rental housing scheme at a location (details supplied) in Dublin 8 will operate; the persons that...
  • Fire Safety Regulations
    1395. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the fire safety task force established after the Grenfell Tower fire disaster submitted its report; if he has considered...
  • Rental Accommodation Standards
    1396. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of inspections carried out in the rental sector in 2017; the number of non-compliant dwellings at first inspection...
  • Homeless Persons Data
    1397. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of children and adults deemed homeless in counties Cavan, Monaghan and Louth in each of the past 12 months in...
  • Social and Affordable Housing Provision
    1398. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the measures he is taking to increase the stock of social housing by 50,000 by 2021; the immediate measures he is taking to...
  • Student Accommodation
    1399. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the measures he is taking to alleviate the crisis in student accommodation; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that...
  • Housing Assistance Payment
    1400. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the full year cost of the HAP and RAS programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36596/18]
  • Social and Affordable Housing Data
    1401. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of dwellings that have been acquired on long-term leases for social housing in 2017 and to date in 2018; the...
  • Local Authority Housing Waiting Lists
    1403. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of persons on the Kildare County Council housing list in each of the years 2012 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in...
  • Local Authority Funding
    1404. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the balance of funding required to be provided by local authorities in addition to the funding they receive from his...
  • Local Authority Housing
    1405. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of local authority homes that have been brought back into use by each local authority in each year since the...
  • Local Authority Expenditure
    1406. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the annual cost, number and location of social housing units in respect of which local authorities pay property management...
  • Housing Adaptation Grant Funding
    1407. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to a shortfall in the funding allocated to Limerick City and County Council for the purpose...
  • Local Authority Housing Mortgages
    1408. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his plans to reduce the 10% deposit required to avail of a local authority housing loan; and if he will make a statement on...
  • Local Authority Housing Provision
    1409. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the way in which the population growth targets under the national development plan will be implemented in each local...
  • Tenant Purchase Scheme Review
    1412. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when he plans to amend the conditions applicable to the tenant purchase scheme; and if he will make a statement on the...
  • Housing Adaptation Grant Funding
    1413. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if additional funding will be allocated in 2018 to Cavan County Council for house improvement schemes such as the housing...
  • Social and Affordable Housing Data
    1414. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of homes approved under the affordable purchase scheme to date in 2018; the number anticipated in 2018, 2019, 2020...
  • Departmental Expenditure
    1415. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the serviced sites fund is included under current or capital allocations under Vote 34; and if he will make a statement on...
  • Homeless Accommodation Funding
    1416. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the annual expenditure on the homeless housing assistance payment since its inception to date; and if he will make a...
  • Departmental Reports
    1417. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the report of the working group on short-term lets submitted to his Department; and when a targeted public...
  • Social and Affordable Housing Funding
    1418. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when the affordable dwellings fund will be established under Part 5 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009; and...
  • Departmental Agencies
    1420. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the anticipated launch date of the national regeneration and development agency; the per annum budget for the agency and its...
  • Repair and Leasing Scheme
    1421. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the per annum target for the repair and lease scheme in 2018; the number delivered to date; the anticipated expenditure per...
  • Rental Sector
    1424. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the estimated number of units to be delivered in each of the pilot projects for a new cost rental scheme; the timeframe for...
  • National Planning Framework
    1425. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if county development plans currently under review should be suspended pending the issuing of regional planning guidelines...
  • Vacant Sites Data
    1426. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if his Department is tracking the identification of vacant land by local authorities under the vacant site tax; the acres...
  • Approved Housing Bodies
    1427. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his views on the purchase by approved housing bodies, AHBs, with public funds of properties being sold by vulture funds that...
  • Register of Electors
    1429. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the unilateral decision by local authorities to alter the layout and chronology of the...

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