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Department of Housing owes councils €77m for social housing - Eoin Ó Broin TD

27 April, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called the Department of Housing to pay what it owes to local authorities for social housing. 

Information received in response to a parliamentary question shows that the Department owes councils €77m in housing capital expenditure.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Local authorities are being instructed to ramp up social housing delivery while the Minister for Housing is telling us that there is no problem with funding.

“However it is clear from the information received in the parliamentary question that there is a substantial sum of money owned to local authorities from central government.

“A total of €77.55m is owed to local authorities a across the state for social housing capital projects. Dublin City is owed €17.2m, Limerick is owed €9.58m.

“In my own local authority of South Dublin County Council the outstanding payment is €9.67m.

“In many cases these payments are three to six months overdue. Some date back almost twelve months. As Councils have to pay this money out to owed contractors they have to fill the massive gap from their own resources affecting other areas of Council service delivery.

“This is not acceptable. The Department of Housing and the Department of Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform must pay Councils on time. 

“There should also be some mechanism in place where the Department can front-load the capital expenditure required for housing projects so councils are more confident in their ability to pay those who are delivering the homes.”

Editor's note:

Please see PQ attached at the top of this document.

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