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Thursday, 16 December 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Housing Schemes

Photo of Thomas GouldThomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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315. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of HAP tenancies enacted to date in 2021, by local authority; and the cost of HAP, by local authority, in tabular form. [62507/21]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a flexible and immediate housing support that is available to all eligible households throughout the State. At the end of Q3 2021 there were more than 62,000 households in receipt of HAP and over 33,600 separate landlords and agents providing accommodation to households supported by the scheme.

In respect of the provision of HAP funding, Limerick City and County Council provides a highly effective HAP transactional shared service on behalf of all local authorities. This HAP Shared Services Centre (SSC) manages all HAP-related rental transactions for the tenant, local authority and landlord. Accordingly, my Department does not recoup individual local authorities in respect of HAP rental payments in their administrative areas but, rather, recoups all landlord costs via the HAP SSC.

Budget 2021 increased the Exchequer funding for the HAP scheme to €558 million. This allows for the continued support of existing HAP households and also enables an additional 15,000 households to be supported by HAP in 2021. HAP expenditure at the end of Q3 2021 was €394 million.

Data in relation to funding provided by the State for HAP tenancies in 2019 and 2020, broken down by local authority area, can be found on my Department's website at this link:


This funding represents the portion paid by my Department after receipt of the differential rent which is paid by the tenant to the local authority. It does not include administration costs related to the Scheme.

The table below shows the number of new HAP tenancies, by local authority area, established to the end of Q3 2021.

Local authority HAP tenancies set up to end of Q3 2021
Carlow County Council 102
Cavan County Council 101
Clare County Council 184
Cork City Council 601
Cork County Council 551
Donegal County Council 210
Dublin City Council 2,362
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council 359
Fingal County Council 925
Galway City Council 277
Galway County Council 222
Kerry County Council 335
Kildare County Council 373
Kilkenny County Council 90
Laois County Council 165
Leitrim County Council 41
Limerick City and County Council 294
Longford County Council 67
Louth County Council 526
Mayo County Council 154
Meath County Council 330
Monaghan County Council 87
Offaly County Council 83
Roscommon County Council 86
Sligo County Council 122
South Dublin County Council 881
Tipperary County Council 256
Waterford City and County Council 322
Westmeath County Council 129
Wexford County Council 234
Wicklow County Council 242
Total 10,711


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