Question to the Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (Ms. Jan O’Sullivan, TD)
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide an update on the allocation of money for the upgrading and renovation of local authority houses, the amount of funding that will be provided to Cork City and County Councils; when the funding will be distributed to local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.
For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 13th November, 2013.
I refer to the reply to Question No. 293 of 12 November, 2013 which sets out the position on this matter.
I expect the recently announced €30 million additional Exchequer investment in social housing to deliver up to 500 local authority homes for families on the housing waiting list. Approximately half of this investment will facilitate the construction of new infill housing developments in areas with a high demand for social housing. It is also intended that €15 million will be invested in bringing vacant and boarded-up local authority houses back into productive use.
The detailed arrangements for the implementation of the two measures are being developed by my Department at present. I intend to announce these arrangements as soon as possible with a view to having the investment programme up and running as early as possible in 2014. My Department will be requesting local authorities to submit proposals for inclusion under both measures in due course.