South Dublin Needs 10,000 Council Houses – New Figures Reveal


Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid West Eoin Ó Broin has said that “South Dublin County Council is nowhere close to tackling its social housing crisis”. His comments come as new figures from the Council confirm that’s over 10,000 households are in need of Council housing. Deputy Ó Broin said: “There are now 10,208 households in need of social housing in South Dublin County Council according to figures obtained from the Council by Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Mark Ward.

“There are 7,633 households on the standard housing list, 2,470 households on the homeless list, medical list and HAP transfer list and an additional 105 households on the RAS transfer list. “This is the highest level of social housing need since the start of the recession and demonstrates that the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland housing plan is not working. “South Dublin County Council will receive funding from the Department of Housing to build and buy up to 3,000 council houses from 2018 to 2021. Some of these will be developed in partnership with Approved Housing Bodies.

“On the basis of current trends housing need will continue to rise year on year from now to 2021. This means that the Councils new social housing programme will barely meet the rising housing need let alone tackle the deep level of existing need. “South Dublin County Council is nowhere close to tackling its social housing crisis. It’s targets are too low. Funding from central government is not enough. Unless there is a radical shift in the scale and ambition of the Councils housing programme things will unfortunately get worse.”

Question asked by Cllr. M Ward on the 9th of April 2016 at a South Dublin Co Co Meeting.

Monday, April 09, 2018
QUESTION: Councillor M. Ward
Can the Chief Executive provide a report on the amount people on the housing list that have access to Choice Based Lettings in 2018, 2017, 2016. 2015 and 2014.
Can these figures be further broken down to size of dwellings ie, 4 beds, 3 beds, 2 beds and 1 bed properties for each year stated? And what is the average waiting time for each size of  property?

There are currently 10,208 applicants on the various Council lists who have access to Choice Based letting, including Housing List (7633), Homeless List, Medical List for standard housing, HAP Transfer List (2470) and RAS Fixed Transfer List (105). However approximately 1000 of these are on hold pending outstanding documentation. These will be pursued in the processing of the Social Housing Assessment 2018
Those on the HAP Transfer List were given access to CBL in May 2017 and Medical List in January 2018.

As the housing list is a live list it is not possible to provide figures for those with access to CBL over the years, however, numbers on list for each year are as below:-
 YEAR Nos. on the Housing list at year end
2014 8,564
2015 8,944
2016 7,850
2017 8,172
2018 to 31/03/18 8,040
Current dwelling size need for those with access to CBL:- NOS. With access to CBL @ 21/03/18
TOTAL = 10,208 1 BED  (2,866),  2 BED (4,614) 3 BED ( 2,497) 4 BED (231)

South Dublin County Council introduced the Choice Based Letting (CBL) scheme in October 2011, the first allocation under the scheme being on 8th November 2011.  To date 582 allocations have been made under CBL.
The table below shows allocations through the CBL scheme annually since 2014 to 31/03/2018. Figures for the years 2011 to 2014 are not assessable without a time consuming manual exercise.
2014 5 41 19 1 66
2015 1 41 19 0 61
2016 9 51 33 2 95
2017 10 35 30 1 76
2018 to 31/03/2018 2 8 4 1 15

The average time on the Council’s housing waiting list for those successful CBL applicants is shown below by accommodation size:-
1 Bedroom 9 years
2 Bedroom 7 years
3 Bedroom 8 years
4 Bedroom 10 years

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