Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (58)

Simon Coveney

Question:

37 Mr. Coveney asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the level of direct provision of funding to local authorities over the past seven years in absolute terms and as a percentage of total expenditure of local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27540/04]

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

The following table sets out details of the total amount of State grants current and capital, paid to local authorities and the percentage this represents of total local authority expenditure for the years in question.

Year

Grants Paid**

% of Total Expenditure

€m

%

1997

1,243.86

40.1

1998

1,341.59

38.4

1999

1,776.16

42.4

2000

2,303.91

43.8

2001

3,054.13

45.4

2002

3,703.69

49.6

2003*

3,575.63

48.6

* Provisional Estimate.

** Excludes income from motor tax, driver licence duties etc. under Local Government Fund (1999-2003) and Local Government (Equalisation) Fund (1997-1998) arrangements.