62. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of newly built social housing units that have been constructed in Dublin 8 and 12 in the past 12 months in tabular form. (Question 17116/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Social and Affordable Housing Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 40 and 62 together.
My Department has published a comprehensive status list of all social housing construction schemes that are advancing nationwide, as at end-Quarter 4 of 2016. Over 500 approved schemes were listed that, when completed, will deliver some 8,500 new social homes. The schemes range from those that are being designed, through to  those currently on site and tho...

269. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the current process for Irish Water when a leak or issue with a water supply occurs in an area (details supplied); if Irish Water deals with the issue and repairs it or if the local authority is issued with a job number and it carries out the repairs; and if each leak in one area requires the local authority to get a different job number or, if when issues have been notified to a local authority, it can work on resolving all issues that arise until solved. (Question 3167/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - Irish Water Administration)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local levels. Water supply issues are operational matters for the utility and one in which I have no function.
Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. The team can be contacted via e...

270. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if Irish Water or the local authority in question is responsible for providing a water tankard for an area if residents in the area are left without a water supply for more than 24 hours. (Question 3168/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - Water Services Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local levels. The provision of water tankers is an operational matter for the utility and one in which I have no function. 
Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. The team can be c...

224. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the persons or bodies that specifically hold responsibility for ensuring tenants adhere to fire safety regulations within council properties. (Question 40290/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Fire Safety Regulations)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 224 and 258 together.
The Building Regulations 1997-2014, in particular Part B Fire Safety, impose requirements in relation to fire safety in the construction of new buildings and works to existing buildings. However, there are no regulations imposing requirements on the tenants of residential properties. 
Minimum standards for rental accommodation are prescribed in the Hous...

258. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the body that specifically holds responsibility for ensuring tenants adhere to fire safety regulations within council properties. (Question 40101/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Fire Safety Regulations)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 224 and 258 together.
The Building Regulations 1997-2014, in particular Part B Fire Safety, impose requirements in relation to fire safety in the construction of new buildings and works to existing buildings. However, there are no regulations imposing requirements on the tenants of residential properties. 
Minimum standards for rental accommodation are prescribed in the Hous...

248. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he is considering increasing the housing assistance payment limit in view of the increase in rents. (Question 36934/16 asked on 29 Nov 2016 - Housing Assistance Payments)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government increased the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) (and Rent Supplement) rent limits in every local authority area, taking account of geographic variations in market rents, with effect from 1 July 2016 meeting its stated commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government and Rebuilding Ireland: An Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness. In addition, additional flexibility above the existing...

15. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the status of the commitment to provide a one-stop-shop in partnership with Tusla, local authorities and the homeless executive for families presenting as homeless. (Question 35441/16 asked on 17 Nov 2016 - Homeless Persons Supports)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): As set out in Rebuilding Ireland, a ‘one-stop-shop’ assessment centre will be put in place in Dublin for families presenting as homeless by the end of this year. Implementation of this initiative is being led by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE). This centre will have multi-agency participation including the Dublin housing authorities, Tusla, Family Mediation Services, the Department of Social Prot...

88. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if, in conjunction with the Dublin homeless executive and relevant local authorities, his Department will initiate a review of the practice of requiring households presenting as homeless to self-accommodate. (Question 35440/16 asked on 17 Nov 2016 - Homeless Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homelessness at local level. In accordance with section 37(2) of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009, statutory responsibility in relation to the provision of homeless services, including accommodation, rests wi...

239. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the amount of moneys granted to rural resettlement Ireland each year since 2012; when responsibility passed to his Department in relation to this issue; the number of families resettled from an urban centre to each county for each of the years; and if consideration has been given, in view of the housing emergency, to increase that funding and to accelerate the process to help those on the cities’ housing lists, in particular, to rural areas under threat of loss of local services due to falling local populations, emigration, ageing and urbanisation. (Question 32011/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Rural Resettlement Scheme)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department does not currently provide funding to this organisation, nor has it provided funding since 2012. The information in relation to the number of families resettled by the organisation is not collected by my Department.
However, the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness sets out a range of measures supportive of the regeneration and renewal of towns and villages ac...

243. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the reason Dublin City Council receives less than 90% of the property tax raised in its administrative area as other local authorities receive throughout the State; the details of the amount of the tax raised in each local authority area each year since the property tax was introduced; and the amount allocated by his Department to that same council for each year. (Question 31525/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Property Tax Yield)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Local authorities have retained 80% of Local Property Tax (LPT) collected in their areas since 2015, in accordance with decisions of Government. The remaining 20% is re-distributed to provide equalisation funding to certain local authorities that have lower LPT bases due to the variance in property values and density across the State. This equalisation recognises that certain local authorities, whose propert...

244. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the reason Dublin City Council does not receive the same level of funding from his Department to fund its homeless services as other local authorities (details supplied) ; and the amount of funding expended in each local authority on homeless services and the central allocation of funds they receive for each of the past five years. (Question 31526/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Homeless Accommodation Funding)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): In accordance with section 10 of the Housing Act 1988, my Department does not fund homeless services directly but provides funding to housing authorities towards the costs of homeless accommodation and services. The Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 1993 provide that the recoupment to housing authorities by my Department under section 10 arrangements shall not exceed 90% of such payments made. T...

245. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the amount of funding outstanding to Dublin City Council from his Department for services delivered at the behest of his 
Department and for services for which reimbursement are due to be made by his Department. (Question 31527/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Local Authority Funding)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department has a wide and diverse business agenda, including supporting citizens in safe and sustainable communities through the provision of access to good quality housing, fostering community development in partnership with local government, fostering sustainable development, supporting and enabling responsive local government and protecting and improving water resources.
In order to deliver on this broad...

81. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will provide the necessary funding to Dublin City Council to allow the local authority to commence phase two of the insulation programme to provide insulation to the older, single brick housing in view of the serious level of fuel poverty in older council properties. (Question 31098/16 asked on 19 Oct 2016 - Energy Schemes)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Local authorities are continuing with an ambitious programme of insulation retrofitting this year and further funding of some € 33 million for that purpose has been made available to end-2016.  This is additional to funding of some €85 million provided from 2013 to 2015 to improve energy efficiency and comfort levels in over 46,000 local authority homes. This Programme benefits those at risk of fuel poverty an...

295. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the exact funding increase provided by budget 2017 for his Department in 2017, minus provision required for demographics and the Lansdowne Road agreement, compared to the estimate provided in budget 2016, the summer economic statement and the expected out-turn for 2016, in tabular form. (Question 30604/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Full details of budget increases in respect of my Department are set out on page 57 (Reconciliation of 2017 Expenditure Ceiling) of Part II of the Expenditure Report 2017, published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and available online at http://budget.gov.ie/Budgets/2017/Documents/Part%20II%20-%20Expenditure%20Allocations%202017%20-%202019.pdf.
The increases outlined in the Expenditure Repo...

213. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the amount of moneys granted to rural resettlement Ireland each year for the past 20 years; the number of families resettled from an urban centre to each county for each of the years; if consideration has been given in view of the housing emergency to increase that funding and to accelerate the process to help those on the cities’ housing lists, in particular to rural areas under threat of loss of local services due to falling local populations, emigration, aging and urbanisation. (Question 29289/16 asked on 11 Oct 2016 - Rural Resettlement Scheme)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): As the Deputy will be aware, my colleague, the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has overall responsibility for regional and rural matters and is advancing a broadly-based rural development strategy, in the context of the Programme for a Partnership Government.
However, up until 2012, my Department provided grant assistance to Rural Resettlement Ireland for each year as follow...

39. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of families and persons presenting as homeless to local authorities who are refused access to emergency accommodation on the grounds that the local authority does not deem them to have a need for it; and if this data is not currently collected, if he will instruct local authorities to collect and provide this data on a monthly basis. (Question 28703/16 asked on 05 Oct 2016 - Homeless Persons Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Under the relevant legislation it is a matter for housing authorities to determine if a person is to be regarded as homeless; a housing authority will not regard someone as homeless if there is accommodation available to the person that they can reasonably be expected to occupy, of if the housing authority considers that the person is able to provide accommodation from their own resources.
The official homeles...

58. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will provide an updated list, broken down by local authority, of all long-term voids by quarter, and the number of these voids that will be returned to stock and the cost. (Question 28702/16 asked on 05 Oct 2016 - Local Authority Housing Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department has provided €60 million over the two year period 2014 to 2015 to support local authorities in returning over 5,000 vacant units to productive use. To date in 2016, €24 million has been allocated for the remediation of over 1,300 units. This funding, therefore, will bring the number of units remediated to well in excess of 6,000 between 2014 and 2016; these units are additional to those dealt w...