Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, today published the second Quarterly Progress Report on implementation of Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.
- Significant progress reported on 56 specific actions to increase housing output and deal with homelessness
In excess of 18,000 people/families had their social housing needs met in 2016, ahead of the target of just over 17,000
As part of this overall delivery, we built, purchased or refurbished some 5,300 homes in 2016 – around 1,000 over the target for the year
810 people/families got new tenancies under the Homeless Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) in Dublin during 2016, exceeding the target of 550
206 additional bed spaces were made available in emergency accommodation facilities in Dublin in December 2016, meaning that sufficient beds are available for all who currently need them
As committed to under Rebuilding Ireland, the Department has developed a Monthly Housing Activity Report, the first monthly report is also published today, which charts current activity levels across five key statistical indicators:
- Planning permissions (published quarterly)
- Residential commencements (monthly)
- Residential completions (monthly)
- Residential Property Price Index (monthly)
- Residential Rent Price Index(quarterly).
The indicators confirm that the upward trend in housing activity evident in recent times is gaining momentum and, having regard to wider economic growth projections and the increasing level of planning permissions in particular, should continue to gather pace and result in higher levels of output in 2017 and beyond.
- Planning permissions were granted for over 16,000 new homes in the year to end September 2016 (an increase of 45% on the preceding 12 months)
- Commencement Notices for 13,234 new homes were submitted in the year up to end December 2016, an increase of 51% year on year
- 14,932 new homes completed during 2016, an increase of 18% on 2015 (12,666)
Minister Coveney welcomed the publication of the second Progress Report, as approved yesterday by the Cabinet Committee on Housing and Homelessness, chaired by An Taoiseach, saying:
“The success of Rebuilding Ireland will be measured by delivery in terms of providing homes and choice for our people. This report charts the progress to date on delivering key actions that has been made by departments, agencies, local authorities and approved housing bodies, in collaboration with industry and housing sector stakeholders. The actions and measures taken are starting to have the desired effect and the output indicators in terms of social housing and housing more broadly are positive. While we started from a low base the trajectory is upward and I will continue to drive it in that direction. I want to thank all concerned for responding so early and so proactively to the call to get behind the Rebuilding Ireland programme so that we deliver the social, private and rental housing at affordable prices that people expect and deserve. Later this week I will publish a comprehensive list of social housing projects which are at various stages of progress.”
The report documents the progress made on 56 specific actions during the final quarter of 2016 of which 47 are complete or on schedule. Of the nine actions, which are incomplete or behind schedule, all are being advanced and will be completed in the near future.
The Minister commented:
“The progress report is very encouraging and records some significant early achievements and progress. We’ve taken concerted action to deliver on the priority objectives in relation to addressing homelessness. The Dublin Region HAP homeless pilot is delivering ahead of target as is the social housing programme overall and people and families have safe and secure homes.”