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Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 424.  Deputy Dessie Ellis Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  the current social housing stock in use in Galway city east. [16762/12]

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 Data on local authority housing stock, broken down by county, city, borough and town council, are available on my Department’s website www.environ.ie and the most recent data published in this regard relate to 2010.

Local Authorities provide information on the proportion of stock that is vacant at the end of each year and this information is collated and published as part of the annual Service Indicators in Local Authorities Report. The Report also contains data on the average time take to re-let dwellings. Copies of the 2010 report are available from the Local Government Management Services Board and may be downloaded from their website www.lgmsb.ie.

 425.  Deputy Dessie Ellis Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  the number of social housing applicants for Galway city east. [16763/12]

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 My Department does not hold information on the number of households on local authorities’ waiting lists, or on the number of households that may, at some point in the future, apply for social housing. The number of households on waiting lists continuously fluctuates as households are allocated housing and new households apply for housing support. Detailed information on the latest statutory assessment of housing need carried out in March 2011, including a breakdown by housing authority, is available on my Department’s website —www.environ.ie or on the Housing Agency’s website at www.housing.ie.

 426.  Deputy Dessie Ellis Information on Dessie Ellis Zoom on Dessie Ellis  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  the predicted number of social housing units to become available in Galway city east in 2012. [16764/12]

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 In 2012 new social housing supply will be delivered through a range of measures under my Department’s Social Housing Investment Programme, including the construction and acquisition of social housing units directly by local authorities and by [880]approved housing bodies, the Social Housing Leasing Initiative, the Capital Advance Leasing Facility and the Rental Accommodation Scheme. Investment under the retrofitting programme is also expected to make a number of vacant properties available for re-letting.

It will be a matter for Galway City Council to implement each of these measures and to fund them from within the available resources. It is not possible at this stage to estimate the number of housing units that will become available in the City over the course of 2012.


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