Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Local Authority Housing Data
685. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of local authority housing developments of accommodation under construction by local authority area, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37729/19]
689. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of direct build local authority houses likely to become available, by county, in the coming year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37733/19]
690. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of likely local authority housing starts that can possibly take place in the next six months by county but with particular reference to those counties immediately adjacent to Dublin which are already heavily overburdened with applicants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37734/19]
692. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of local authority houses commenced and-or built by each local authority in 2019; the way in which the number related to the number of eligible persons on a waiting list of the local authorities in question; the extent to which the number will be increased in the future; the extent to which it is expected to reduce the number on the waiting lists in each local authority; his plans for an accelerated building programme to deal with the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37736/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 685, 689, 690 and 692 together.
All local authorities are being funded to significantly increase their delivery of social housing as part of Rebuilding Ireland and a strong social housing construction pipeline is already in place for local authorities and approved housing bodies.
A detailed breakdown of the construction programme of new social housing build is set out in the Social Housing Construction Status Report which is updated and published on a quarterly basis. The report covering the period up to end Quarter 1 of 2019 is available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: and provides project details of the social housing construction pipeline in place at that time for all local authorities, including the counties adjacent to Dublin and including new build projects contracted by local authorities and those by approved housing bodies. The Quarter 2 report will be published shortly.
The Quarter 1 report reflected an increase in the scale of the social housing build programme, with 1,416 schemes (or phases of schemes) in place, for the delivery of 20,324 homes. Of this total, 6,740 units have already been delivered under Rebuilding Ireland up to Quarter 1 of 2019, while almost 5,600 additional new homes were on site and under construction. Almost 2,200were at the final pre-construction stage and the remainder were progressing through the various stages of planning, design and procurement. It will be these schemes that will form the bulk of the housing starts and delivery over the next 6 months and beyond, although further projects will continue to be added to the pipeline on an ongoing basis.
The timing, delivery and tenanting of schemes is a matter in the first place for each local authority. I am pleased to see the progress being made on projects building on what has been already delivered, but I am keen that all local authorities further accelerate their programmes and I have assured them that the necessary funding is available to support their work in this regard.
National social housing delivery targets have been set under Rebuilding Ireland out to 2021 and are publicly available on a local authority basis, on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: . Progress against these targets is tracked on a quarterly basis and details of this are published on my Department's website at .
The social housing delivery targets set for each local authority are in proportion to their waiting lists. Accordingly, as progress is made by each authority against their delivery targets, this will proportionally benefit those on individual waiting lists. The most recently available Summary of Social Housing Assessments relates to 2018 and, at national level, the number of households on the waiting list had decreased by 13,941 (-16.2%), compared to the previous assessment in June 2017, with 29 of the 31 local authorities reporting a decrease.