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Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 415.  Deputy Simon Harris Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  if he will outline all the affordable housing and shared ownership schemes offered by his Department via local authorities; their current status; the way an individual can apply to be considered for these schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16668/12]

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 Government’s new housing policy statement launched in June 2011 announced the standing down of all affordable housing schemes, including shared ownership, in the context of a full review of Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000.

Following conclusion of the tendering process for the review, I anticipate that a contract will be awarded in the near future. The Government is committed to supporting access to home ownership for lower income households and a range of paths to home ownership will remain in place in that regard. These include the incremental purchase scheme, the availability of loan finance from local authorities for house purchase, including open market purchase, and the tenant purchase scheme.

Question No. 416 answered with Question No. 381.

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