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Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 318.  Deputy John Lyons Information on John Lyons Zoom on John Lyons  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  if he will consider compiling a list of landlords who are willing to take part in the rental accommodation scheme in each council area; if he will consider starting a campaign to publicise RAS and encourage landlords to take part and join such a list; and if he will provide details of participation in the scheme in each local authority area to date. [6448/12]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan The Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) is a collaborative project between my Department, local authorities and the Department of Social Protection, including its community welfare service.

Under the scheme local authorities assume primary responsibility for meeting the accommodation needs of Rent Supplement (RS) recipients with a long-term housing need. The local authority administers the scheme in its entirety from the transfer of RS recipients, including the sourcing of suitable accommodation and the accommodation of eligible households together with the payment of rent to landlords. As part of their overall role in sourcing accommodation, local authorities engage in regular advertising of the scheme aimed at landlords. They also produce, along with my Department and the Housing Agency, detailed explanatory leaflets, including website information, on the scheme and the conditions/requirements on landlords who are entering or wish to enter the scheme.

Local authorities are best placed to administer RAS and I do not propose to compile a national list of landlords willing to take part in the scheme.

Since the Rental Accommodation Scheme commenced in late 2005 local authorities have transferred a total of 37,759 households from RS up to the end of December 2011. Of these 21,892 were housed directly under RAS and a further 15,867 were accommodated under other social housing options. The following table sets out a county by county breakdown of the number of transfers from RS:

Rental Accommodation Scheme cumulative figures — Nov 2005 to end Dec 2011.

Local Authorities (Housing) No. of cases transferred to RAS (Private) to end December 2011 RAS Unsold Affordables (Leasing) to end December 2011 No. of cases transferred to RAS (Voluntary) to end December 2011 Total RS transfers to Voluntary, Unsold Afford. and Private to end December 2011 Total No. of RS cases socially housed to end December 2011 Total RS cases transferred to Private/ Voluntary/ Unsold Affordables and socially housed to end December 2011
Carlow Co. Cl. 391 0 89 480 204 684
Cavan Co. Cl. 287 0 89 376 298 674
Clare Co. Cl. 374 0 98 472 235 707
Cork City Cl. 745 0 259 1,004 974 1,978
Cork County Cl. 821 0 449 1,270 1,225 2,495
Donegal Co. Cl. 322 0 277 599 1,437 2,036
Dublin City Cl. 1,688 62 693 2,443 703 3,146
Dublin South Co. Cl. 1,347 1 91 1,439 1,118 2,557
Dun/Rathdown CC 512 0 116 628 548 1,176
Fingal Co. Cl. 719 96 138 953 847 1,800
Galway City Cl. 650 0 217 867 361 1,228
Galway Co. Cl. 370 0 170 540 274 814
Kerry Co. Cl. 726 0 78 804 624 1,428
Kildare Co. Cl. 421 0 125 546 582 1,128
Kilkenny Co. Cl. 344 0 337 681 345 1,026
Laois Co. Cl. 165 0 96 261 183 444
Leitrim Co. Cl. 109 0 26 135 100 235
Limerick City Cl. 615 0 102 717 164 881
Limerick Co. Cl. 257 0 245 502 256 758
Longford Co. Cl. 400 0 0 400 95 495
Louth Co. Cl. 242 0 79 321 858 1,179
Mayo Co. Cl. 598 0 394 992 334 1,326
Meath Co. Cl. 167 55 118 340 317 657
Monaghan Co. Cl. 176 0 135 311 184 495
Nth Tipperary Co. Cl. 427 0 52 479 236 715
Offaly Co. Cl. 215 40 47 302 242 544
Roscommon Co.Cl. 364 0 86 450 347 797
Sligo Co. Cl. 343 0 177 520 209 729
Sth Tipperary Co. Cl. 572 0 96 668 428 1,096
Waterford City Cl. 395 0 271 666 360 1,026
Waterford Co. Cl. 265 0 39 304 279 583
Westmeath Co. Cl. 397 0 17 414 205 619
Wexford Co. Cl. 498 0 103 601 918 1,519
Wicklow Co. Cl. 373 0 34 407 377 784
Totals 16,295 254 5,343 21,892 15,867 37,759


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