Written Answers - Housing Grants.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 681 No. 1

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  374.  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   the reason for the delay in the allocation to local authorities of funding for the housing adaptation grant and the mobility aid grant; if his attention has been drawn to the need for the allocation to be made without further delay in view of the fact that local authorities are not permitted to carry out works until funding has been allocated; when the funding will be released; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16381/09]

  375.  Deputy Denis Naughten  Information on Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   further to Parliamentary Question No. 174 of 26 February 2009 if he will provide revised figures based on the new book of estimates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16389/09]

  383.  Deputy Simon Coveney  Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   when funding for the disability extension scheme will be made available to Cork City Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16593/09]

  384.  Deputy P. J. Sheehan  Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   when funds will be provided by his Department to Cork County Council in order that a person (details supplied) in County Cork, an applicant for the housing aid for older people grant with Cork County Council can complete the necessary repairs to their home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16630/09]

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 Questions Nos. 374, 375, 383 and 384 together.

My Department’s involvement with the new Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability relates primarily to the recoupment of a proportion of local authority expenditure on the payment of individual grants. These schemes, introduced in November 2007, are funded by 80% recoupments available from my Department together with a 20% contribution from the resources of the local authority. In the case of Disabled Persons’ and Essential Repairs Grant Schemes, these are funded by 67% recoupments together with a 33% contribution from the resources of the local authority. The detailed administration of these schemes, including the assessment and approval of individual applications, is the responsi[267]bility of the relevant local authority. Following the recent publication of the Revised Estimates for Public Expenditure 2009, Local Authorities will shortly be notified of their allocations under the schemes in question.


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