Dáil Éireann - Volume 673 - 05 February, 2009

Written Answers. - Housing Needs Assessments.

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he plans to propose amending the terms of the Housing Act 1988 in order to [743] ensure a statutory assessment of housing need takes place on an annual basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3767/09]

  Deputy Michael Finneran: The Housing (Miscellaneous) Provisions Bill 2008, published in July 2008, provides for a new housing needs assessment process, replacing section 9 of the Housing Act 1988, which currently governs the assessment of need. The new provisions give the Minister power to require housing authorities to carry out housing needs assessments periodically. Following the enactment of the Bill and the making of the associated regulations it is intended that a national assessment of need would be carried out on an annual basis.

Question No. 58 answered with Question No. 7.