Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Local Authority Housing
1381. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the capital funding provided to each local authority to build social and affordable housing on public land in each of the years 2014 to 2019, in tabular form; the estimate for 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6882/20]
1382. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of social and affordable houses constructed by each local authority in each of the years 2014 to 2019; the estimate for 2020, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6883/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 1381 and 1382 together.
Social housing construction is funded under a range of different initiatives such as local authority construction, turnkey developments, rapid delivery and regeneration programmes and through direct construction and turnkey developments by approved housing bodies. Since the commencement of Rebuilding Ireland in 2016, almost €2.4 billion has been invested in social housing construction alone, in addition to the very substantial investment that has taken place in other forms of social housing delivery, including acquisitions, the Housing Assistance Payment and the Rental Accommodation Scheme.The major investment in social housing will continue this year, with the highest level of funding ever invested in housing in a single year, at €2.63 billion, supporting the delivery of a broad range of housing programmes, including the delivery of over 11,100 new social housing homes through build, acquisition and leasing programmes, over 7,700 of which will be delivered through construction mechanisms.
Social housing construction expenditure by local authority in each year 2016 to 2019 is set out in the following table. Prior to the implementation of Rebuilding Ireland in 2016, the reporting of local authority expenditure was primarily on a programme basis; however, if the Deputy is concerned about a specific local authority's expenditure pre-2016, I will have the matter explored further on receipt of the relevant information. It is not possible to disaggregate expenditure into that expended specifically on public land.
In relation to affordability issues, the objective of the Serviced Sites Fund (SSF) is to provide for key enabling infrastructure requirements that will help unlock publicly-owned lands specifically for affordable homes to buy or rent. €310 million is to be made available under the SSF, comprising an Exchequer contribution of €275 million, plus €35 million contribution from local authorities. A maximum amount of SSF funding of €50,000 is available per affordable home. On this basis, at least 6,200 affordable homes can be facilitated. To date, €127 million has been allocated in SSF funding for infrastructure that will facilitate the development of approximately 3,200 homes that will be made available across 35 developments in 14 local authorities.
Details of all SSF funded infrastructure projects are available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following links:
Additionally, as an initiative under Rebuilding Ireland, the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) is primarily designed to fund the provision of public off-site infrastructure to relieve critical infrastructure blockages and enable housing developments to be built on key sites at scale. This will activate the delivery of almost 20,000 new homes across public and private sites, within which 3,274 are to be Part V/social housing homes, 2,100 affordable homes and 5,686 cost reduced homes are due to be provided.
30 projects received final LIHAF approval with an overall budget of €195.7 million, of which €146.8 million will be Exchequer funded, with the remainder funded via local authorities. Details of the approvals by local authority area, budget allocation, project description and projected housing delivery are available at www.rebuildingireland.ie/LIHAF.
In terms of LIHAF funding drawdown, thus far, most infrastructure projects have been at the design, planning and procurement stages, and the bulk of expenditure will arise during the construction phase. This is reflected in the level of expenditure to end Q1 2020, with approximately €37.731 million in Exchequer funds drawn down (matched by a further 25% local authority funding, bringing the total expenditure to €50.308 million). Drawdown of LIHAF grant funding from my Department commenced with €1.604m in Exchequer funding provided in 2017, a further €6.815 million in 2018, €22.244 million in 2019 and approximately €7.068 million to end Q1 2020.
|Local Authority||Build Expenditure||Build Expenditure||Build Expenditure||Build Expenditure|
|Dun Laoghaire Rathdown||5.56||26.90||25.89||10.20|
In 2019, local authorities, working in partnership with Approved Housing Bodies, delivered more than 10,000 (10,007) new social homes nationwide utilising the mechanisms of Build (6,074), Acquisition (2,772) and Leasing (1,161).
Families and individuals in the private rented sector were also supported through the Housing Assistance Payment and schemes such as the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS). Just over 17,000 households (17,025) were supported by HAP in 2019 and 1,043 under RAS. Overall, over 28,000 (28,075) households were supported through the range of social housing programmes in 2019, exceeding the ambitious target for the year.
A full detailed breakdown of social housing 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 26,000 new social housing homes either approved (and progressing through planning, design and construction) or completed, is also available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: