Overview and Policy
The Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998 requires each local authority, following a consultation process, to prepare, adopt and implement 5 year rolling accommodation programmes to meet the existing and projected accommodation needs of Travellers in their areas.
These programmes provide a road map for Local Authority investment priorities over the period of the Programme and form the basis for the allocation of funding from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.
The adoption of draft accommodation programmes is a function for the elected members of local authorities. In the event that the members of an authority fail to adopt their draft programme within the time allowed, the Chief Executive Officer of the local authority is required to adopt the programme within one month, subject to any modifications which are considered necessary.
Accommodation for Travellers is provided across a range of options and it is open to Travellers to opt for any form of accommodation.
These include standard local authority housing, which is financed from the Department’s capital allocations for social housing, private rented accommodation or private housing assisted by local authorities or voluntary organisations and Traveller-specific accommodation which receives 100% capital funding from the Department. Traveller-specific accommodation includes group housing schemes and halting sites.
Local Authority Traveller Accommodation Programmes 2014-2018
The Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998 requires each local authority to draw up, adopt and implement 5 year rolling accommodation programmes to accelerate the provision of accommodation for Travellers.
The programmes have been operating since 2000 with the fourth round of programmes adopted in 2014 to run from 2014-2018.
Section 7 (4) of the Act provides that the adoption, amendment or replacement of an accommodation programmes is a reserved function. This means that it is a function that is carried out by the elected councillors.
These programmes set out the targets for the accommodation needs under the Social Housing Needs Assessment.
Our Traveller Accommodation Programmes webpage contains links to each local authority's Programme.
Guidelines for Traveller Accommodation
The following are the Guidelines for traveller accommodation:
The National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee
Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committees
The Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act, 1998, provides the statutory basis for the formation, remit, and membership of Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committees (LTACCs).
Under the Act an LTACC may:
- advise in relation to the preparation and implementation of any accommodation programmer for the functional area of the appointing authority concerned
- advise on the management of accommodation for Travellers
- provide a liaison between Travellers and members and officials of the appointing authority concerned.
Details of the membership of each local authority’s Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committees are available on our LTACC webpage.