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O'Sullivan, Jan

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013: Order for Report Stage

I move: "That Report Stage be taken now."More Button

Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

I do not propose to accept Deputy Boyd Barrett's amendments. We are moving towards a harmonisation of rent under HAP. It is intended that there would be model rents for different families around ...More Button

I did not think Deputies Boyd Barrett or Ellis had a Stalinist approach to socialism. I am a democratic socialist and I thought both Deputies were as well. In effect, they are saying there shou...More Button

The Deputy proposes that the national rent scheme should be absolute across the country from the beginning. For example, the rent for a one person household in one part of the country might be €...More Button

In other words, a local authority which is now charging €20 would have time to come to a model rent and one which charges a higher rent would suffer a loss if rents were reduced. We need to give...More Button

Section 31 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 facilitates significant harmonisation of local authority rents while providing locally elected members with some discretion in decidi...More Button

This approach not only runs counter to the Government's approach to local government reform but also flies in the face of the approach to social housing reform set out in the 2009 Act which invol...More Button

At various times during debates on housing and local government we have all talked about the need to give more power and function to local authority members. Amendment No. 3 proposes the deletio...More Button

I am somewhat surprised that the Deputy thinks so little of local democracy that he wishes to take away a policy making power from councillors before they have even had an opportunity to exercise...More Button

I want to reassure Deputy Boyd Barrett that the intention is to have harmonisation right across the country. We want to give a small amount of discretion to local councillors in terms of policy ...More Button

The intention is to get close to the position the Deputy is taking, but I do not propose to have the Custom House or any centralised government authority take away powers we propose to give to lo...More Button

I do not agree.More Button

The Deputy cannot talk about-----More Button

I do not agree that the 15% variation in property tax will always vary upwards. In the Deputy's local authority area 80% could be retained. Given the valuation of houses on the east coast there w...More Button

If the Deputy is making the point that because of financial pressures local authority members will somehow want to increase rates in their areas, I do not agree. If it is decided at a national l...More Button

This is essentially about protecting an element of local democracy while at the same time having statutory guidelines in place to ensure there is harmonisation across the State. Transferring the r...More Button

This is essentially a technical Bill which paves the way for the larger debate. When I introduce the legislation on the housing assistance scheme, the economic assessment will have been completed....More Button

I am not minimising the reality that there are serious financial issues we must address in the meantime, but I am determined that we will address them. The objective is to have a model of the le...More Button

We are straying a little from the Bill, but there is a priority question today on that issue which I think Deputy Dessie Ellis tabled.More Button

Deputy Noel Grealish's point has been raised many times in this Chamber, on Second and Committee Stages of the Bill and in various other contexts. Strictly, it is a matter for the Minister for Soc...More Button

On Deputy Dessie Ellis's point, there is a working group that consists of representatives of the Department of Social Protection, my Department and the City and County Managers Association becaus...More Button

We engaged in considerable consultations with Threshold, in particular.More Button

Rental Accommodation Scheme Administration

The grounds on which a tenancy in the private rented residential sector may be legally terminated are clearly set out in the Residential Tenancies Act 2004. The Act provides the main regulatory fr...More Button

As the rental accommodation scheme, RAS, is deemed to be a social housing support, local authorities retain the responsibility to source further accommodation for a RAS household should the dwell...More Button

Rental Accommodation Scheme Administration (Continued)

There have been difficulties where, for various reasons, the rental accommodation scheme landlords end tenancies. There are various conditions under which landlords can end tenancies. Then, the l...More Button

The rental accommodation scheme tenant has the protection of the Residential Tenancies Act and is entitled to the normal notice period required in any private residential tenancy. It presents di...More Button

We must try to address people's needs in the various ways available to us. As soon as we can do so, that will include the direct provision of more local authority houses. Deputy Ellis had raised ...More Button

Local Authority Housing Provision

The Eighth Annual Report of the Local Government Management Agency, published this year, which details service indicators in local authorities in 2011, shows the average time taken, from the date o...More Button

In submitting proposals for funding under my Department’s Social Housing Investment Programme (SHIP), it is a matter for each local authority to determine the nature, location and relative priority...More Button

In June 2012, my Department invited each city and county council to submit proposals for the purchase or construction of new social housing units over the period 2012-2014. Some €30 million was ...More Button

The Government’s housing policy statement, published in June 2011, clearly identifies that the priority for Government will be to meet the most acute needs of households applying for social housing...More Button

Delivery of social housing will be significantly facilitated through more flexible funding models such as the Rental Accommodation Scheme and leasing but the Government is also committed to devel...More Button

In spite of the challenging circumstances within which local authorities must operate the final outcome for 2012 is expected to be in the region of 5,000 housing units. Given the current volatili...More Button

I refer to the reply to Question Nos. 155 and 156 of 2 May 2013 which set out the position in this matter.More Button

  Question No. 156 answered with Question No. 53.More Button

Local Authority Housing Maintenance

Minimum standards in rented accommodation have been raised significantly in recent years under the Action Programme on Standards which was introduced on foot of a commitment in the Towa...More Button

Regeneration Projects Status

My Department remains committed to working with local government and other community development and enterprise stakeholders to ensure that a recovering economy will result in an even distribution ...More Button

Wind Energy Guidelines

I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 567 and 568 of 11 June 2013. More Button

Housing Issues

The Government’s housing policy statement, published in June 2011, clearly identifies that the priority for Government will be to meet the most acute needs of households applying for social housing...More Button

Neither I nor my Department have met with the Department of Social Protection in this regard and no such meeting has been proposed.More Button

In accordance with Section 21 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009, I directed all housing authorities to prepare a summary of social housing assessments carried out in their areas on...More Button

Pyrite Remediation Programme Issues

My Department is currently supporting pyrite remediation works at a number of locations in the Dublin City and Fingal areas. Local authorities are responsible for addressing pyrite issues relating...More Button

I understand that properties owned by Dublin City Council at Griffith Heights are not affected by pyrite heave and there are no proposals with my Department in this regard.More Button

Homeless Persons Supports

The stubbornly high number of rough sleepers recently reported for Dublin reflects the significant challenge facing the Government, the voluntary sector and other agencies in tackling homelessness....More Button

Property Taxation Application

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

The current arrangements for determining local authority rents will be substantially replaced on the coming into force of section 31 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009, which pred...More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Administration

Until the transfer of responsibility for long-term rent supplement recipients to local authorities takes place the setting of rent limits under the rent supplement scheme remains the responsibility...More Button

It is envisaged under the proposed HAP Scheme that local authorities would set appropriate rent limits for their functional areas. The process of how such limits will be set and any consultation...More Button

National Spatial Strategy

The 2002 National Spatial Strategy (NSS) is Ireland’s first national strategic spatial planning framework. It provides the spatial vision and principles to achieve a better bala...More Button

Rental Accommodation Scheme Expenditure

I refer to the reply to Question No. 573 of 11 June. I have already confirmed that funding for the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) is provided by a transfer of monies from the Department of Socia...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision

The Government’s housing policy statement, published in June 2011, clearly identifies that the priority for Government will be to meet the most acute needs of households applying for social housing...More Button

The Government is committed to responding more quickly and on a larger scale to social housing support needs through a variety of mechanisms, including through increased provision of social housi...More Button

Delivery of social housing will be significantly facilitated through more flexible funding models such as the Rental Accommodation Scheme and leasing but the Government is also committed to devel...More Button

In spite of the challenging circumstances within which local authorities must operate the final outcome for 2012 is expected to be in the region of 5,000 housing units. Given the current volatil...More Button

  Question No. 57 answered with Question No. 49.More Button

  Question No. 58 answered with Question No. 47.More Button

Local Authority Housing Issues

The Government’s housing policy statement, published in June 2011, clearly identifies that the priority for Government will be to meet the most acute needs of households applying for social housing...More Button

Last week I announced a new €50 million three-year energy efficiency investment programme for local authority homes. This is a key part of the Government’s additional €150 million capital investme...More Button

This programme will target the 25,000 least energy efficient local authority homes.  This will result in warmer homes and lower energy bills for thousands of families and will also create around ...More Button

NAMA Social Housing Provision

I propose to take Questions Nos. 61 and 67 together.More Button

To the end of Quarter 1 2013, the transition of 263 properties from the NAMA portfolio has been completed, with contracts signed in respect of a further 76 properties. All but 24 of the 263 comp...More Button

The current average cost of NAMA units brought into operation to date is €820 per unit per month. There is no cost to the State for an authority or approved housing body when returning a unit to...More Button

To the end of Quarter 1 2013, the transition of 263 properties from the NAMA portfolio has been completed, with contracts signed in respect of a further 76 properties. All but 24 of the 263 complet...More Button

Property Taxation Exemptions

An exemption from the local property tax applies to developments listed in the schedule to the Finance (Local Property Tax) Regulations 2013. The list of unfinished housing developments eligible fo...More Button

  Question No. 64 answered with Question No. 39.More Button

Tenant Purchase Scheme Applications

The 2011 Fixed Tenant Purchase Scheme was a once-off scheme introduced in the context of that year’s Budget and was available to local authority tenants of more than 10 years standing.  &...More Button

Planning Issues

Quarries which are required to apply for substitute consent, either following a confirmation by An Bord Pleanála of a decision of a planning authority in this regard or in a case where the quarry o...More Button

Housing Adaptation Grants Funding

I refer to the reply to Question No 159 of 2 May, 2013 which sets out the position in this matter.More Button

Local Authority Housing Mortgages

The Government’s 2011 housing policy statement announced the standing down of all affordable housing schemes, including the shared ownership scheme, as part of the review of Part V of the Planning ...More Button

Rented Dwellings Register

The Residential Tenancies Act 2004 regulates the tenant-landlord relationship in the private rented residential sector and the Act provides that landlords in the sector must apply to register the t...More Button