Written answers

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Local Authority Housing

Photo of Duncan SmithDuncan Smith (Dublin Fingal, Labour)
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431. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number on the housing list for each local authority in the Dublin area; the occupancy type required by category 1, 2, 3 bed and so on in tabular form; the average duration persons are waiting on the list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19599/20]

Photo of Réada CroninRéada Cronin (Kildare North, Sinn Fein)
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440. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list in north County Kildare; his plans to reduce same; the number on the social housing list for each of the past 12 months and to date in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19776/20]

Photo of Paul DonnellyPaul Donnelly (Dublin West, Sinn Fein)
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447. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list in Dublin 7 and 15; his plans to reduce these times; the number on the social housing list for each of the past 12 months and each month of 2020 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19840/20]

Photo of John BradyJohn Brady (Wicklow, Sinn Fein)
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456. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list in County Wicklow; his plans to reduce the times; the number on the social housing list in each of the past 12 months and each month to date in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19889/20]

Photo of Martin BrowneMartin Browne (Tipperary, Sinn Fein)
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464. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list each of the Tipperary municipal districts; his plans to reduce these times; the number on the social housing list for each of the past 12 months and each month to date in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19940/20]

Photo of Pauline TullyPauline Tully (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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486. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list in counties Cavan and Monaghan in tabular form; his plans to reduce these times; the number on the social housing list for each of the past 12 months and each month to date in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20186/20]

Photo of Martin KennyMartin Kenny (Sligo-Leitrim, Sinn Fein)
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493. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list in counties Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal; his plans to reduce the times; the number on the social housing list in each of the past 12 months and each month of 2020 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20273/20]

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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503. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list in County Donegal; his plans to reduce these times; the total number on the social housing list for each of the past 12 months and each month of 2020 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20436/20]

Photo of Johnny GuirkeJohnny Guirke (Meath West, Sinn Fein)
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521. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list in counties Meath and Westmeath by local authority; his plans to reduce the times; the number on the social housing list in each of the past 12 months and each month to date in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20707/20]

Photo of Martin KennyMartin Kenny (Sligo-Leitrim, Sinn Fein)
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532. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list in counties Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal; his plans to reduce the times; the number on the social housing list in each of the past 12 months and each month to date in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20794/20]

Photo of Pa DalyPa Daly (Kerry, Sinn Fein)
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539. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list in County Kerry; his plans to reduce these times; the number on the social housing list for each of the past 12 months and each month to date in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20804/20]

Photo of Violet WynneViolet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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546. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list in the Clare County Council area; his plans to reduce these times; the number on the social housing list in each of the past 12 months and in each month to date in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20897/20]

Photo of Patricia RyanPatricia Ryan (Kildare South, Sinn Fein)
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555. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the average length of time spent on the social housing list in Kildare County Council; his plans to reduce these times; the number on the social housing list for each of the past 12 months and each month of 2020 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21012/20]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 431, 440, 447, 456, 464, 486, 493, 503, 521, 532, 539, 546 and 555 together.

Details on the number of households qualified for social housing support in each local authority area is provided in the annual statutory Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA). The purpose of the SSHA is to capture the total number of households qualified for social housing support across the country whose social housing need has not yet been met, in order to better inform policy and plan for the delivery of the right types of housing support.

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. Since 2016, the numbers have decreased from 91,600 to 68,693, a reduction of 25%.

Below is the link to the summary report for 2019 which includes breakdowns by each local authority, across a range of categories. SSHA data is collected and collated at local authority level and therefore a breakdown of the numbers by electoral area cannot be provided. Details on the length of time spent on the record of qualified households (waiting lists) can be found at tables 2.8 and A1.8 of the report, although it does not record data on a month by month basis in the manner sought.

In relation to the questions posed by the Deputy's regarding the average time spent on the housing list, and the housing type required by category 1, 2, 3 bed and so on, information of this exact type is not held by my Department. However, tables 2.4 and A1.4 of the report provide details on household size. 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.

Report 2019

https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/sha_summary_2019_dec_2019_web_1.pdf. 

While the SSHA is normally conducted in or around June, given the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on local authorities and nature of the work involved in conducting the SSHA, the SSHA for 2020 was deferred to allow local authorities to continue to focus their resources on immediate priorities. However, recognising that the SSHA is a very important part of the evidence base for housing policy at both local authority and national level, I have directed local authorities to carry out the SSHA 2020 in November 2020.

The Programme for Government commits to delivering more than 50,000 further social housing homes, with an emphasis on new builds, and also with a focus on the delivery of affordable homes. I have also convened a High Level Housing Group of key delivery partners to seek their views on a range of initiatives aimed at speeding up delivery of social housing.

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