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Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 437.  Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  if it is current policy to refuse a social housing assessment to a young couple who are currently residing with a parent and other family members even though there is overcrowding as they were not deemed by the local authority to be a family unit as they were not married or had children together; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16989/12]

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 Decisions on the eligibility of specific persons for social housing support and the allocation of that support are a matter solely for the housing authority concerned. The household concerned may be determined to be in need of social housing support where, in accordance with the 2011 social housing assessment regulations, a housing authority considers that the household’s current accommodation is unsuitable for its adequate housing, having regard to particular household circumstances or on exceptional medical or compassionate grounds. The household must also meet the other need and eligibility criteria prescribed in the 2011 regulations in order to qualify for social housing support.


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