S.I. No. 96/1932 - The Housing (Loan Charges Contributions) Regulations, 1932.


STATUTORY RULES AND ORDERS. 1932. No. 96.

THE HOUSING (LOAN CHARGES CONTRIBUTIONS) REGULATIONS, 1932.

DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH.

The Minister for Local Government and Public Health, in exercise of the powers vested in him by section 14 of the Housing (Financial and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1932 , does hereby make the following regulations, that is to say:—

1. These regulations may be cited as the Housing (Loan Charges Contributions) Regulations, 1932.

2. The Interpretation Act, 1923 , applies to the interpretation of these regulations in like manner as it applies to the interpretation of an Act of the Oireachtas passed after the 1st day of January, 1924.

3. In these regulations the expression "the Minister" means the Minister for Local Government and Public Health.

4. The payment of contributions to annual loan charges by the Minister under section 6 of the Act in respect of the provision by local authorities of houses for the working classes and agricultural labourers shall be conditional upon the fulfilment by such local authorities of the following conditions:—

(1) The houses shall be provided in accordance with a scheme approved of by the Minister.

(2) If the houses are houses proposed to be provided by a local authority under Part III of the Act of 1890, for the purpose of accommodating persons displaced by any operations of such authority under the Housing of the Working Classes Acts, the scheme shall contain a declaration to that effect and shall specify the operations by which such persons will be displaced.

(3) The houses shall be completed in a proper and workmanlike manner in accordance with such plans and specifications as may be approved by the Minister.

(4) Materials and appliances of Saorstát manufacture shall so far as possible be used in the provision of the houses.

(5) The houses shall be let at such rents as the Minister may approve, and in the allocation of the houses preference shall be given, wherever practicable, to families living in one-roomed dwellings where either—

(a) one or more members of the family is or are suffering from tuberculosis; or

(b) one or more members of the family, exclusive of the parents, has or have attained the age of sixteen years; or

(c) the dwelling has been condemned as being unfit for human habitation.

(6) The houses shall be open to inspection when required by an authorised officer of the Minister.

(7) In addition to any other accounts which a local authority are required to keep they shall for the purposes of each scheme approved of by the Minister keep a separate revenue account with a distinguishing name in respect of each such scheme and shall cause—

(a) to be credited to such account in each financial year:—

(i) The rents accrued (inclusive of rates) in respect of any houses provided under the scheme; and

(ii) Any other income which may properly be credited to the said account.

(b) to be debited to such account in each financial year:—

(i) The sums required for the payment of interest and repayment of principal in respect of all moneys borrowed by them for the purposes of the scheme which may properly be debited to the said account.

(ii) The rates, taxes, rents or other charges payable by them in respect of any land leased and houses provided under the scheme, including any monies payable by way of rent, in respect of any land acquired by them for some other purpose and appropriated for the purposes of the scheme.

(iii) The annual premium payable by them in respect of the insurance against fire of houses provided under the scheme.

(iv) The expenditure incurred in respect of supervision and management of the houses provided under the scheme.

(v) The expenditure incurred by them in connection with the repair, improvement or maintenance of houses provided under the scheme; and

(vi) Any other expenses which may properly be debited to the account.

(8) (a) Each such revenue account as aforesaid shall be made up and audited by the Auditor in like manner, and subject to the same provisions, as the accounts of the local authority;

(b) After the conclusion of each local financial year the local authority shall forward to the Minister a copy of each such revenue account as audited by the Auditor.

5. For the purposes of section 6 of the Act the amount of any money borrowed by a local authority for the provision of houses, cottages or other housing accommodation to which that section applies shall, as respects any scheme, be deemed to be whichever of the following amounts is the lesser:—

(a) the amount of the loan borrowed by the local authority for the purposes of the scheme; or

(b) in the case of a scheme for the provision under the Housing of the Working Classes Acts, 1890 to 1931, of houses for the accommodation of persons displaced by any operations of the local authority under the said Acts—

(i) where each house provided contains two or more separate tenements, an amount equal to the total number of separate tenements provided under the scheme multiplied by £500; and

(ii) where each house provided contains only one tenement, an amount equal to the total number of houses provided under the scheme multiplied in the case of houses provided by the council of a county borough or the borough of Dun Laoghaire, by £400, and, in the case of houses provided by any other local authority, by £300; or

(c) in the case of a scheme for the provision under the Housing of the Working Classes Acts, 1890 to 1931, of houses not specifically intended for the accommodation of persons displaced by any operations of the local authority under the said Acts, an amount equal to the number of separate tenements provided under the scheme multiplied, in the case of houses provided by the council of a county borough or the borough of Dun Laoghaire, by £450 and in the case of houses provided by any other local authority by £350; or

(d) in the case of a scheme for the provision under the Labourers Acts, 1883 to 1931, of cottages or other housing accommodation an amount equal to the number of separate tenements provided under the scheme multiplied by £300.

6. Any contribution to annual loan charges payable to a local authority by the Minister under section 6 of the Act shall be payable either in one sum or in instalments according as the Minister shall determine.

7. Unless the Minister in any case otherwise determines a contribution to annual loan charges under section 6 of the Act in respect of a loan borrowed by a local authority for the purposes of a scheme approved of by the Minister, shall not commence to be payable until the year in which the annual loan charges paid by such authority in respect of such loan first begin to include sums in repayment of principal.

8. Where the Minister is satisfied that a local authority have failed to comply with any conditions imposed on them by these regulations, the Minister may reduce the amount of any contribution which would be payable to them under section 6 of the Act to such amount as the Minister may consider proper.

Given under the Official Seal of the Minister for

Local Government and Public Health this Thirteenth

day of October One Thousand Nine Hundred and

Thirty-two.

(Signed) SE?N T. Ó'CEALLAIGH,

Minister for Local Government and Public Health.