Thursday, 12 February 2004

Questions (188)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

188 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government further to his recent announcement of funding under the special housing aid for the elderly scheme, the reasons the Eastern Regional Health Authority was allocated only 14.5% of the available funding when it covers over 33% of the State's population; the criteria used to allocate such funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4495/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The special aid for the elderly scheme, is administered by a task force, under the aegis of my Department. Allocations to the health boards are determined by the task force from the funding available and are based, not on the geographical spread of the population, but on the statistical returns received from the health boards showing the level of activity within the area, the actual number of applications on hands and the estimated cost of these applications.