Written Answers - Housing Grants.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 665 No. 4

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  381.  Deputy Emmet Stagg  Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   if his attention has been drawn to the shortfall in funding for housing adaption, mobility aids and housing aids for the elderly grants in Kildare County Council in view of the fact there is a shortfall of €7 million, and if he will allocate further funding to Kildare County Council to deal with this shortfall. [37881/08]

  397.  Deputy Jack Wall  Information on Jack Wall  Zoom on Jack Wall   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   his views on a report (details supplied) and on a previous parliamentary question; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38343/08]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy Michael Finneran): Information on Michael Finneran  Zoom on Michael Finneran  I propose to take Question Nos. 381 and 397 together.

A number of local authorities have experienced heightened levels of activity under the revised suite of Housing Adaptation Grant schemes for older people and people with a disability following their launch in November 2007. All authorities have been requested to operate the grant schemes on a prioritised basis, within available resources, in order to ensure that the available funding is targeted towards those applicants experiencing greatest need.

To take account of particularly significant levels of activity experienced by a number of local authorities, supplementary Exchequer allocations totalling €8.6 million were made in September and October 2008. The October supplementary Exchequer allocations included an additional allocation of €250,000 to Kildare County Council.

In addition, and in line with my objective of prioritising the needs of the most vulnerable households, the total financial provision secured for housing in 2009 will allow for the level of funding allocated towards housing supports for older people and people with a disability next year to be increased by 8% over the initial estimate for 2008.

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  382.  Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   the level of allocation issued to each local authority under the housing adaptation grant schemes in 2008; the basis for deciding on the amount allocated in respect of each local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37905/08]

  384.  Deputy Ciarán Lynch  Information on Ciaran Lynch  Zoom on Ciaran Lynch   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   further to Parliamentary Question No. 369 of 7 October 2008, if additional funds have been allocated or will be allocated in 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37915/08]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy Michael Finneran): Information on Michael Finneran  Zoom on Michael Finneran  I propose to take Question Nos. 382 and 384 together.

In May 2008 my Department notified local authorities of a combined capital allocation of €71.4 million for the operation of the Housing Adaptation Grant schemes for Older People and People with a Disability in private houses in 2008. Individual allocations were notified to local authorities based on their estimated requirements as notified to my Department, and on expenditure trends in recent years.

On foot of the high level of publicity surrounding the revised grant schemes since their launch in November 2007, a significantly increased level of activity has been experienced by local authorities this year. To take account of this, supplementary Exchequer allocations totalling €8.6 million were made in September and October 2008. Details of all allocations in 2008 are set out in the following Table.

Initial
Allocation
2008
(Exchequer + L.A. Contribution)
Supplementary Allocation
2008
(Exchequer) September
Supplementary Allocation
2008
(Exchequer)
October
Carlow County Council 1,191,450 250,000
Cavan County Council 1,150,890 300,000
Clare County Council 1,308,060 500,000
Cork County Council Nth 1,962,090 300,000
Cork County Council Sth 2,545,140 300,000
Cork County Council West 1,008,930 300,000
Donegal County Council 4,248,660
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council 1,896,180 350,000
Fingal County Council 1,576,770 200,000
Galway County Council 1,820,130 300,000
Kerry County Council 2,590,770 300,000
Kildare County Council 1,642,680 250,000
Kilkenny County Council 816,270 150,000
Laois County Council 1,678,000 200,000
Leitrim County Council 1,571,700
Limerick County Council 1,551,420 200,000
Longford County Council 638,820 100,000
Louth County Council 1,815,060 350,000
Mayo County Council 2,484,300 350,000
Meath County Council 2,418,390 200,000
Monaghan County Council 1,911,390 250,000
North Tipperary County Council 1,571,700 300,000
Offaly County Council 1,292,910
Roscommon County Council 1,678,170 350,000
Sligo County Council 491,790 300,000
South Dublin County Council 3,990,090 50,000
South Tipperary County Council 1,343,550 300,000
Waterford County Council 1,500,000 200,000
Westmeath County Council 1,460,160 400,000
Wexford County Council 2,043,210 300,000
Wicklow County Council 1,079,910 250,000
Cork City Council 1,855,620 300,000
Dublin City Council 12,639,510
Galway City Council 1,049,490 300,000
Limerick City Council 714,870 300,000
Waterford City Council 451,230 100,000
Sligo Borough Council 415,740
Total 71,405,050 3,600,000 5,000,000


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