Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Social and Affordable Housing Eligibility
765. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if an income guidelines review for social housing is underway; if so, when an outcome is likely; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53172/19]
The Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011 prescribe maximum net income limits for each local authority, in different bands according to the area, with income being defined and assessed according to a standard Household Means Policy.
Under the Household Means Policy, which applies in all local authorities, net income for social housing assessment is defined as gross household income less income tax, and the universal social charge. The Policy provides for a range of income disregards, and local authorities also have discretion to decide to disregard income that is temporary, short-term or once off in nature.
At present, the Household Means Policy is being reviewed as part of a broader package of social housing reform measures, which I intend to bring to Government in the near future.