Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Local Authority Housing Waiting Lists
462. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of persons on a waiting list for social housing; the number at the same period in 2017 and 2018 in Galway city and county, by length of time on the list and by single, couple, family and so on applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53573/19]
Details on the number of households qualified for social housing support in each local authority area are set out in the statutory Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA).
The most recent summary, conducted in June 2019, shows that 68,693 households were assessed as qualified for and being in need of social housing support. This represents a decrease of 3,165 households or 4.4% on the last assessment in June 2018. Indeed, since the Government's Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan was launched in 2016, the numbers have decreased from 91,600 to 68,693, a reduction of 25%.
The 2019 summary includes breakdowns by each local authority across a range of categories, including for Galway City Council and Galway County Council. Tables 2.8 and A1.8 include details on length of time spent on the housing list. Tables 2.4 and A1.4 provide a breakdown of household size, both also by local authority. Numbers for those local authorities for 2017 and 2018 are provided in the corresponding tables of the respective reports for those years, the links for which are provided as follows.
It should be noted that the category “Household Composition” in the previous reports, is replaced in the 2019 report by the “Household Size” profile category which provides more granular level of detail regarding the number of persons in each household type,
The summary reports are available on my Department’s website at the following links: