Monday 24 October 2016

Government's €500m spending on housing won't cut list by 20pc

Alan Kelly
Alan Kelly

A planned spend of €500m on social housing will not reduce current waiting lists by more than 20pc across Dublin, as was predicted by the Government.

The Department of the Environment yesterday announced a €1.5bn investment in local authority housing. A third of the planned expenditure is destined for Dublin city and county.

Minister Alan Kelly pledged that the new strategy would tackle housing lists and see them cut by an average of 25pc.

In Dublin, according to the Government, more than a fifth of people on the waiting list would be housed under the new plans.

However, these targets are based on a 2013 national assessment of housing needs.

But an analysis by the Herald shows that, based on the current number of applicants, the planned addition of 3,347 units will only reduce the housing list by 16pc in the Dublin City Council administrative area.

Some 20,682 applicants were waiting for a housing allocation this week, according to DCC.

More than €290m is due to be invested in the capital's affordable housing sector over the next two years, the biggest single investment in any local authority area in this round of upgrades.


Similarly, targets look unlikely to be reached in Fingal and South Dublin which are due to receive investments of more than €81m and €73m each.

In South Dublin there is a housing list of 8,761, but the planned builds will only account for 17pc of those in need of a local authority home.

This is also the case in Fingal, which has a waiting list of 8,500, according to figures released at the end of January.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown will see its waiting list tackled at a level far below the national average of 25pc.

At the moment there are 5,285 applicants. The Government plans to build 681 units in the area which means if these targets are met only 13pc of applicants will be removed from the list.

A spokesperson for the Department of the Environment said the 2013 figures were the most accurate available.

"The figures don't include duplicate entries and those already in local authority, voluntary and co-operative housing or the Rental Accommodation Scheme, and as such are the most accurate available."


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