Min English supports review of Traveller
accommodation legislation & further proposals from NTACC

As committed to in the Programme for Partnership Government and re-affirmed in Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, an independent review of current and capital funding for Traveller-specific accommodation since 2000 in the context of delivery under Local Authorities’ Traveller Accommodation Programmes has been commissioned by the Housing Agency and is nearing finalisation.

The National Traveller Accommodation Committee (NTACC), which comprises all relevant stakeholders, has agreed a sub-group which will analyse the factual information provided by the review and, within its statutory remit under the Housing (Traveller Accommodation ) Act 1998, will advise the Minister in relation to its analysis and conclusions.

 

An independent review of current and capital funding for Traveller-specific accommodation since 2000 in the context of delivery under Local Authorities’ Traveller Accommodation Programmes has been commissioned by the Housing Agency and is nearing finalisation.

 

As the 1998 Act will be 20 years operational next year, a review of the legislation would be timely. At its meeting of 24 May 2017, the NTACC recommended that a review of the Act should be undertaken. Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English, T.D., welcomes and supports such a review, and would welcome the proposal to form part of any overall submission to him from the NTACC following its analysis of the independent review commissioned by the Housing Agency.

 

Minister English said today (29 May, 2017): “I respect and value the expertise of the NTACC, given that it represents the major stakeholders in this area. Their collective view that a review of the Act would be timely is welcome and is a view that I very much support. I look forward to receiving the NTACC’s specific conclusions from the independent review, which should include any formal proposal in relation to the review of the 1998 Act.”

The Minister further said: “We must ensure that there is an appropriate supply of accommodation which is specific to the needs of the Travelling community and I am very much open to recommendations from the NTACC which ensure that we have the structures, processes and resources in place to achieve this.”

 

“I respect and value the expertise of the NTACC, given that it represents the major stakeholders in this area. Their collective view that a review of the Act would be timely is welcome and is a view that I very much support.”

 

The Minister will await the NTACC’s analysis of the conclusions of the independent review commissioned by the Housing Agency, which will then inform the scope and format of the review of the 1998 Act.