Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
616. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if a housing passport which could allow inter-transfers between local authorities as outlined in the Social Housing Strategy 2020 has been introduced; and if not, when same will be introduced. [39376/21]
The examination of a social housing passport as a means of allowing those with a housing need assessed in one local authority to be housed in or transferred to another local authority's functional area was, as referred to by the Deputy, part of the Social Housing Strategy 2020. A similar measure has been included in the Programme for Government as part of a package of social housing reform measures.
It should be noted that the four Dublin local authorities already co-operate in arrangements that enable social housing applicants to apply for housing in one or two of the other Dublin authorities simultaneously. Similar arrangements apply in the two Cork and two Galway local authorities. It is also already possible for households to move and relocate between housing authority areas under the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Scheme where the household income is within the appropriate income limits.
The issue of providing for wider tenancy movements is being examined and I will look at proposals in relation to such wider movement along with the other reform package measures.