Tuesday, 8 February 2022
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
341. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question no. 323 of 1 February 2022; if his Department has considered allowing tenants in unsold affordable properties which have not been added to the local authority housing stock to purchase these properties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6706/22]
In September 2020, I convened a working group to examine the issues relating to unsold affordable properties. The working group has discussed a number of options to date and is keen to develop a long term solution which works for all parties including the tenants, the approved housing bodies who have long established relationships with the tenants, and the local authorities. Any proposals must also achieve the best value for the Exchequer. I expect the group to finalise its work and submit a report and recommendations to me later this year.
342. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 122 of 25 January 2022, the date that the review income eligibility for social housing was completed; if he plans to publish the review; if so, the timeline for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6723/22]
Housing for All – A New Housing Plan for Ireland was published in September 2021 and, as part of a broad suite of social housing reforms, committed to reviewing income eligibility for social housing.
The review, which examined inter alia the efficiency of the current banding model and income limits applicable to local authorities, was completed in November 2021. I am currently considering its findings and expect to decide on proposed changes and recommendations shortly.
I will publish the review thereafter.