Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Local Authority Housing Funding
657. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount available under the buy and renew scheme; the amount available to each county council; if there is a cap; the amount Kerry County Council drew down under this scheme in each of the past 5 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24886/19]
Under my Department’s Social Housing Investment Programme, funding is available to all local authorities to deliver additional social housing stock through construction and the acquisition of new and previously owned houses/apartments for social housing use. This includes delivery through the Buy and Renew Scheme and activity in this regard is largely delegated to local authorities so they can respond flexibly to all opportunities to provide new social housing and, as such, there is no funding limit for each local authority, once they are contributing to the delivery of their Rebuilding Ireland targets.
Since the Buy & Renew Scheme was introduced in 2017, Kerry County Council has delivered over 30 properties, with funding of c €5.3 million approved by my Department.