Dáil Éireann - Volume 582 - 10 March, 2004

Written Answers - Social and Affordable Housing.

  214. Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 263 of 3 March 2004, it is permissible within the social housing scheme for the approved housing body to add on management charges to the rent, in [240] view of the fact that this is creating hardship for many tenants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8048/04]

  Mr. N. Ahern:Under the terms of the capital loan and subsidy scheme, management and maintenance costs are met from the rental income generated by the project as well as an annual management and maintenance subsidy allowance which is paid to approved housing bodies in respect of each dwelling funded under the scheme. The application of the rent formula as set out in the scheme may be modified, at the discretion of the approved housing body, in particular respects where they consider this appropriate.

Rent payable under the scheme to an approved housing body, by a tenant, is based on household and subsidiary income in the previous tax year. Where this would result in hardship arising from a fall in income due to loss of employment, disability and so forth, the rent may be adjusted accordingly.