Wednesday, 15 June 2022
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
26. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of actions from the National Vacant Housing Reuse Strategy that have been fully completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31055/22]
The National Vacant Housing Reuse Strategy, published in July 2018, provided a targeted, effective and coordinated approach to identifying and tackling vacancy across Ireland. The range of objectives and actions in the strategy have been pursued in partnership with stakeholders and agencies across the housing sector to address vacancy in our housing stock. The key drivers of these actions are local authorities, the Housing Agency, and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs), supported by schemes available within my Department specifically designed to tackle vacancy, such as the Repair and Leasing Scheme, and the Buy and Renew Scheme.
On 2 September, 2021, the Government published Housing for All, which has a specific pathway on addressing vacancy and ensuring the efficient use of our housing stock. This builds on the actions undertaken the National Vacant Housing Reuse Strategy, and reflects a range of actions to tackle this aspect of housing. The table attached sets out the position of all the actions in the National Vacant Housing Reuse Strategy, with reference as appropriate to updates from Housing for All under which the recommendations are being taken forward.