Dáil Éireann - Volume 575 - 26 November, 2003
Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.
Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin
85. Ms B. Moynihan-Cronin asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the total number of persons on local authority housing lists at the latest date for which figures are available; the way in which this figure compares with the corresponding figure for the equivalent dates in each of the previous five years; the total number of local authority dwellings completed or acquired in 2002; the anticipated number for 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28442/03]
Mr. Cullen Mr. Cullen
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Cullen):The results of the statutory assessment of local authority housing need, which was undertaken by local authorities in March 2002, indicated that a total of 48,413 households were in need of housing, compared with 39,176 households in March 1999. Detailed information on the results of the 2002 assessment was published in my Department's September 2002 quarterly edition of the housing statistics bulletin, copies of which are available in the Oireachtas Library.
The Sustaining Progress special initiative on housing and accommodation reflected the Government's expectation that the resources available in 2003 would allow for the needs of about 12,000 households to be met through the various social and affordable housing measures. I am confident the provision this year will be above that level. This includes an estimated 5,000 local authority house completions-acquisitions, including output from new house completions in Ballymun and under other regeneration programmes. Local authorities completed-acquired 5,074 housing units in 2002.
The housing needs of more than 12,000 households on average will be met each year over the period 2002 to 2004, compared to almost 8,500 in 1998.
Dáil Éireann 575 Written Answers. Local Authority Housing.