Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Wednesday, 2 February 1983

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 339 No. 7

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252.

Mr. Aylward: Information on Liam Aylward  Zoom on Liam Aylward  asked the Minister for the Environment if he will arrange for a house improvement grant to be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny as the application has been approved.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  Payment of the grant approved in this case will be made if and when the applicant submits evidence of the receipt of planning permission for the works in [766] question. No such evidence has been received in the Department.

253.

Mr. Aylward: Information on Liam Aylward  Zoom on Liam Aylward  asked the Minister for the Environment if he will arrange to have a final inspection carried out for a new house grant for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny as the work has been completed for some time.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  Under the terms of article 11(b) of the Housing Regulations, 1980, a grant cannot be paid in this case, as the applicant was in occupation of the house for more than one year prior to the receipt of his application in my Department.

254.

Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  asked the Minister for the Environment when a small builder's site subsidy will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Dublin.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  Private site subsidy is not payable directly to individuals but, under section 9 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provision) Act, 1979, a subsidy is paid by my Department to housing authorities towards the annual loan charges incurred in respect of the provision by them of sites for private houses. The subsidy is one-third of the loan charges incurred on borrowings, up to a maximum for such borrowings of £1,500 per site.

The payment of the subsidy is dependent on the fulfilment of certain conditions relating to the eligibility of the purchaser, floor area of house, density and sale price of site. The value of any subsidy payable is generally passed on to the purchaser in the sale price of the site.

Subsidy claims from Dublin County Council, which include a claim for the site provided at Alpine Heights for the person named, are at present being examined in my Department and payment will be made in due course if in order.

255.

Mr. Yates: Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates  asked the Minister for the Environment when a house improvement grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Wexford.

[767]Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  Under the relevant scheme of house improvement grants the latest date for the completion of work was 31 December 1978 and the latest date for claiming payment of the grant was 31 January 1980. As these requirements were not complied with in this case, a grant cannot be paid.

256.

Mr. Yates: Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates  asked the Minister for the Environment when a new house grant will be approved and paid to a person (details supplied) in County Wexford.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  An approval certificate will be issued and the grant paid when an inspection establishes that the house has been satisfactorily completed and that the other conditions applying to the grant scheme have been complied with. The inspection will be carried out shortly.

257.

Mr. Molloy: Information on Robert Molloy  Zoom on Robert Molloy  asked the Minister for the Environment if he will arrange for the immediate payment of a £1,000 new house grant to a person (details supplied) in County Galway.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  The applicant in this case has been requested to submit documentation to my Department in support of his application. When this is received, an inspection will be arranged with a view to the allocation and payment of a grant, if in order.

258.

Mr. J. Walsh: Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  asked the Minister for the Environment if he will arrange for the payment of a new house grant and a mortgage subsidy to a person (details supplied) in County Cork.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  There is no record in my Department of the receipt of an application for a housing grant or mortgage subsidy from the person named.

259.

Mr. Yates: Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates  asked the Minister for the Environment when a house improvement grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Wexford.

[768]Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  A grant cannot be allowed in this case because, contrary to a qualifying condition of the scheme, the work had commenced before an inspection of the house was carried out. The applicant has been so informed.

260.

Mr. Yates: Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates  asked the Minister for the Environment when a house improvement grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Wexford.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  An inspection with a view to payment of a grant in this case will be carried out as soon as possible.

261.

Mr. H. Byrne: Information on Hugh Byrne  Zoom on Hugh Byrne  asked the Minister for the Environment when a house improvement grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Wexford.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  Under the Housing Regulations 1980 (as amended), the latest date for the completion of work and the receipt in the Department of a claim for payment of the grant was 30 June 1981. As this requirement was not complied with in this case, the grant cannot be paid.

262.

Mr. Carey: Information on Donal Carey  Zoom on Donal Carey  asked the Minister for the Environment when a reconstruction grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Clare who first applied for the grant in 1978 and who was informed that payment would be made.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  There is no record in my Department of the receipt of an application for a house improvement grant in this case. However, in view of the Deputy's statement that an inspection of the house was carried out by the Department's inspector for grant purposes, the matter is being further investigated. The Deputy will be informed of the outcome in due course.

263.

Mrs. O'Rourke: Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  asked the Minister for the Environment when a £1,000 new [769] house grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  When the person named supplies the information requested by my Department, an inspection will be arranged with a view to payment of the grant, if in order.

264.

Mrs. O'Rourke: Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  asked the Minister for the Environment when an inspection for a £1,000 grant will be carried out for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  The applicant in this case appears to have paid a price for the house in excess of that stated on the certificate of reasonable value (CRV). An inspection will not be carried out until this matter has been resolved.

265.

Mrs. O'Rourke: Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  asked the Minister for the Environment when a house inspection for the £1,000 new house grant will be carried out for a person (details supplied) in County Longford.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  An inspection will be carried out as soon as possible.

266.

Mrs. O'Rourke: Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  asked the Minister for the Environment when a house improvement grant will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  This grant has been paid.

267.

Mrs. O'Rourke: Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  asked the Minister for the Environment when an inspection for the purposes of obtaining improvement grants approved will be carried out for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  As the house was unoccupied when the Department's inspector called, the necessary inspection could not be carried [770] out. The applicant has been requested to notify the Department of his arrangements to have the house open for inspection. On receipt of this notification, an inspection will be arranged with a view to the approval of the grant, if in order.

268.

Mrs. O'Rourke: Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  asked the Minister for the Environment when a house inspection will be carried out so that an improvement grant will be approved for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  There is no record of the receipt in my Department of an application for a house improvement grant from the person named. However, there is an application for a new house grant and an inspection will be carried out shortly.


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