Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Social and Affordable Housing

Photo of Noel GrealishNoel Grealish (Galway West, Independent)
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1354. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the criteria for repayment of proceeds following the sale of an affordable home by a person who had originally purchased this home from a local authority; if the same repayment rules apply for each local authority; if solicitors and auctioneers fees can be deducted before the repayment amount is calculated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6307/20]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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Affordable housing arrangements under the 1999 Affordable Housing Scheme and Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000, provided for the payment of a "clawback" to the local authority.  This was in the event that the affordable dwelling was sold by the purchaser within 20 years, such "clawback" being a percentage of the proceeds of the sale. The relevant provisions were set out in section 9 of the Housing Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 2002 and section 99 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, respectively.

The interpretation of these provisions is a matter for local authorities in the first instance. The repayment of the charge is a matter for the solicitor acting for the local authority and the solicitor acting for the individual selling the property to deal with.  However, it is my Department's view that these provisions do not mean that solicitors and auctioneers fees incurred by the purchaser in selling the dwelling can be deducted from the proceeds of the sale before calculating the clawback amount.

Photo of Noel GrealishNoel Grealish (Galway West, Independent)
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1355. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the capital grants provided to Galway City Council in 2018 and 2019, respectively, under the social housing investment programme to assist in the construction and renewal of social rented accommodation for persons and families who have been assessed as in need of housing support under categories (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6308/20]

Photo of Noel GrealishNoel Grealish (Galway West, Independent)
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1356. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the construction and renewal of social rented accommodation for persons and families who have been assessed as in need of housing support under categories (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6309/20]

Photo of Michael FitzmauriceMichael Fitzmaurice (Roscommon-Galway, Independent)
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1357. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the capital grants provided to Roscommon County Council in 2018 and 2019, respectively, under the social housing investment programme to assist in the construction and renewal of social rented accommodation for persons and families assessed as in need of housing support under categories (details supplied). [6361/20]

Photo of Jennifer Murnane O'ConnorJennifer Murnane O'Connor (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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1361. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the details of capital grants provided to Carlow County Council in 2018 and 2019, respectively, under the social housing investment programme to assist in the construction and renewal of social rented accommodation for persons and families who have been assessed as in need of housing support under categories (details supplied). [6540/20]

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent)
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1379. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the details of capital grants provided to Tipperary County Council in 2018 and 2019, respectively, under the social housing investment programme to assist in the construction and renewal of social rented accommodation for persons and families who have been assessed as in need of housing support under categories (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6870/20]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 1355 to 1357, inclusive, 1361 and 1379 together.

My Department provides funding to local authorities to support a broad range of housing programmes, including the delivery of new social homes through build, acquisition and leasing and programmes which support maintenance, upgrades and improvement works to existing social housing stock.

The funding provided to Tipperary County Council, Galway City Council, Roscommon County Council and Carlow County Council in 2018 and 2019 in respect of the various construction programmes, social housing improvement works, Traveller Accommodation and Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability are set out in the following tables (in which "build" encompasses local authority and approved housing body build activity, regeneration and public private partnerships).

Budget 2020 provided for the largest amount of funding that Government has ever invested in housing in a single year, €2.63 billion, and this funding will support the continued delivery of the full range of housing programmes this year. The 2020 funding details in respect of the various housing programmes and the associated output targets are set out in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2020 publication, which is available at the following link:

www.gov.ie/en/collection/e20037-revised-estimates/.

A full detailed breakdown of delivery by local authority area is available on my Department's website at the following link:

www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/social-and-affordble/overall-social-housing-provision. In addition, the Q4 2019 Social Housing Construction Status Report, which contains scheme by scheme information on the progress of over 26,015 new social housing homes, either currently approved and progressing through planning, design and construction, as well as homes delivered to end Q4 2019, is available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: .

In addition to capital assistance provided for the categories requested by the Deputy, it should be noted that my Department also provides capital assistance for the acquisition of homes for social housing, and also current funding for leasing homes, in addition to funding under the Housing Assistance Payment and the Rental Accommodation Scheme.

Tipperary County Council 2018 €m 2019 €m
Social Housing Build 4.27 13.57
Traveller Accommodation 0.04 0
Social Housing Improvement Works 1.49 2.62
Private Housing Grants 2.92 2.94

Galway City Council 2018 €m 2019 €m
Social Housing Build 11.23 21.96
Social Housing Improvement Works 0.24 0.17
Private Housing Grants 1.03 0.81

Carlow County Council 2018 €m 2019 €m
Social Housing Build 6.03 14.71
Traveller Accommodation 0 0.38
Social Housing Improvement Works 0.72 0.37
Private Housing Grants 1.55 1.34

Roscommon County Council 2018 €m 2019 €m
Social Housing Build 1.62 4.06
Traveller Accommodation 0.10 0.07
Social Housing Improvement Works 0.31 0.17
Private Housing Grants 0.76 1.08

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