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O'Sullivan, Jan

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Local Authority Housing Rents

Housing authorities are responsible, under section 58 of the Housing Act 1966, for determining the rents of their dwellings, subject to complying with broad principles laid down by my Department, n...More Button

The current statutory basis for determining local authority rents will be repealed on the coming into force of section 31 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009, as amended by the Hou...More Button

Neither section 58 of the Housing Act 1966 nor section 31 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 allow for a specific levy or charge in respect of works or services provided otherwise...More Button

Planning Issues

In line with the recommendation contained in the Final Report of the Mahon Tribunal, the Government, at its meeting on 7 May 2013, approved proposals for the preparation of a new Planning and Devel...More Button

Local Authority Housing Repossessions

The table sets out data provided by housing authorities to my Department concerning the numbers of dwelling repossessions under section 62 of the Housing Act from 2010 to 2012, broken down by groun...More Button

Housing Assistance Payments Implementation

The Government, on 17 December 2013, approved drafting of a Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill that will provide for the Housing Assistance Payments scheme; a new procedure for the repossessio...More Button

Housing Issues

My Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) provides funding to approved housing bodies of up to 100% of the approved costs of accommodation for people with specific categories of housing need,...More Button

In April 2013, my Department approved CAS funding of €900,000 for the provision of a group home for people with physical and sensory disabilities at Drummond Otra, Convent Lands, Carrickmacross. ...More Button

Homeless Accommodation Funding

I propose to take Questions Nos. 177, 179 and 182 together.

  My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislati...More Button

Housing Grant Payments

I refer to the reply to Question No. 220 of 19 December 2013, which set out details with regard to the suite of Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability. More Button

Last month, some changes to the terms and conditions of these schemes were notified to Local Authorities. These changes were made on foot of the report of a review group, established last year b...More Button

There has been no change to the maximum grant available under the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability which remains at €30,000 or the Mobility Aids Grant which remains at €6,000...More Button

Changes have also been made with regard to the assessment of means of applicants. To bring it into line with the means assessment for applicants for social housing, all household member’s income,...More Button

I have increased the level of funding available for the grant schemes by 12% in 2014 to €38.4 million. Every local authority has increased funding for grants compared to the initial allocation i...More Button

Dublin City Council’s overall allocation under the grant schemes for 2014 is €5,821,222.More Button