Almost 70 social housing voids returned to stock in Kilkenny since 2014

The Minister confirmed the figures in response to a Parliamentary Question...

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Almost 70 social housing voids returned to stock in Kilkenny since 2014

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Almost 70 social housing voids have been returned to stock in Kilkenny since 2014, new figures have revealed.

Sinn Féin's Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing for the number of long-term social housing voids returned to stock by each local authority since 2014 and to date in 2017.

He also sought details on the funding allocated to each local authority in each year to restore the units to use.

The figures for Kilkenny reveal that in 2014 there were 25 units returned with funding of €484,430. In 2015 there were 23 returned with €381,639 provided.

Meanwhile in 2016 there were 11 units returned with funding of €156,278 provided under the scheme and to date this year there have been nine units returned with funding of €182,500 provided.

In a written response the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, said the Voids Programme was introduced in 2014 and provides additional support to local authorities in preparing vacant units for re-letting.

He said: “This funding is available as an additional support over and above what local authorities provide themselves towards such work.

“There were 2,326, 2,696 and 2,090 vacant social homes brought back into productive use in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively, with funding assistance from my Department.

“The latest information for 2017 indicates that nearly 850 units have been completed and I anticipate that this figure will reach over 1,400 by year-end.

“Local authorities are continuing to undertake works under the programme in 2017 and submit claims for funding on an on-going basis, as works are completed.

“As such, my Department does not yet have complete figures for the average costs of units retrofitted this year.”