Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Wednesday, 29 January 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 474 No. 1

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  107.  Dr. O'Hanlon  Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin   if the guidelines issued by his Department to local authorities on the provision of housing, had any reference to the provision of housing for a person who formerly occupied a local authority house and is no longer able to do so in view of marital breakdown; if he intends to issue new guidelines to ensure that such persons will not be precluded from being placed on the housing list for that reason; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2451/97]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment (Ms McManus): Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  It is a matter for each local authority to assess housing need and to make a scheme of priorities for the letting of housing under sections 9 and 11, respectively, of the Housing Act, 1988. Guidelines issued to local authorities by my Department in relation to the assessments and schemes of letting priorities specify that applicants for local authority housing should not be debarred from inclusion in the assessments by virtue of their marital status and that schemes of letting priorities should promote equality of opportunity in getting access to local authority housing based on relative housing need.

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