Thursday, 10 September 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
90. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the details of acquisitions or leases on estates (details supplied); the number of houses that were leased; the estates in which they were leased; the number of houses that were acquired; the housing mix in each of the estates; the cost of purchase; the cost of the leases; the duration of each lease; the entity which purchased or leased the houses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23057/20]
It is a matter for Local authorities to provide and maintain housing in their area. They assess the housing needs for the area and build, buy and lease dwellings as appropriate to meet that need. In the case referenced, the information requested would be more appropriately addressed to Kildare County Council. While my Department provides financial support to local authorities for housing delivery in their functional area, the level of granular detail sought by the Deputy is not information that would be readily available to my Department in the format requested.
My Department publishes comprehensive statistics on a quarterly basis on all social housing delivery activity under Rebuilding Ireland. This is published on the statistics page of my Department’s website, at the following link:
This data provides a breakdown of social housing delivery across a range of mechanisms.
In addition to the statistical overview of activity in each local authority, a detailed Social Housing Construction Status Report is published each quarter which provides scheme level detail on new build activity under Rebuilding Ireland. The most recent publication covers the period up to the end of Q4 2019 and is available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link:
This is sorted by local authority, and gives a list of the individual projects that make up the new build programme for that local authority (excluding Part V delivery).
A version of this file can be downloaded at the following link and used for various analysis in terms of stage of activity, location, quarter of completion, number of homes etc.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Q1 2020 returns were deferred to be collected in conjunction with Q2 2020 and both will be reported on in due course.
91. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number houses that were leased by location in the 2019 and 2020, in tabular form; the entity that purchased or leased the houses; the developer; the cost involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23058/20]
In 2019, 1,161 homes were delivered under the Social Housing Leasing Programme and, of those, 812 were delivered by the relevant local authority and 349 by an approved housing body. A breakdown of leasing delivery in 2019, by location and entity, is set out in Table 1 below. Leasing delivery data for 2020 is being collated at present and will be published on my Department's website as soon as that process is finalised. Details of the developer involved in each social housing leasing project are not held by my Department and that level of granular detail would be kept at local level.
However, the total expenditure for leasing in 2019 and up to end August 2020, together with the average cost of a new unit in 2020, is set out in Table 2 below. There are some further claims due into my Department in respect of 2019 delivery.
Table 1: Leasing Delivery by Local Authority 2019
|LA Leasing||AHB Leasing||Total Leasing|
Table 2: Leasing Expenditure 2019 and 2020
|Total Leasing Expenditure 2019||Total 2020 Leasing Expenditure to End August 2020||Average Annual Leasing Cost (New Unit) 2020|