Written answers

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Departmental Expenditure

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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782. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the first and full-year costs of increasing HAP, RAS and social housing current expenditure programme payments by 5%,10%, 15%, 20% and 25%, respectively. [53427/19]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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All three of the current expenditure funded schemes – the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS), the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) and the Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP) - are critical components of the accelerated delivery of social housing envisaged under Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.

The annual cost of the three schemes to the exchequer is made up of the continuing cost of supporting the tenancies and contracts in place at the end of the previous year, and the additional cost of the new tenancies and contracts supported over the course of the year to which the allocation relates. The cost of the schemes in future years is therefore dependent on the number of new social housing homes and tenancies falling to be funded within each of the schemes and the rental or lease payments involved.

The following table sets out the costs of increasing the 2020 HAP, RAS and SCHEP budgetary allocation by 5%,10%, 15%, 20% and 25%, respectively.

- 2020 Budget

5% Increase

10% Increase

15% Increase

20% Increase

25% Increase

HAP 502,729 527,865 553,002 578,138 603,275 628,411
RAS 133,000 139,650 146,300 152,950 159,600 166,250
SHCEP 190,886 200,430 209,975 219,519 229,063 238,608
Total 826,615 867,945 909,277 950,607 991,938 1,033,269


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