Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (62)

Joe Sherlock


40 Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the extent to which local authorities have not drawn down their allocated funding from the local government fund; the reason the funding has not been drawn down; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27346/04]

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

The local government fund is used primarily to fund general purpose grants and non-national road grants to local authorities. All the general purpose grants due to local authorities for 2004 — namely a total of €751,545,894 — have been paid in full.

In 2004, the total allocation for non-national roads from the local government fund is €428 million. Grant claims are submitted each month by local authorities on the basis of expenditure incurred by them. A sum of €246,877,240 has been paid to date from the fund in respect of non-national roads and I expect that the balance of €181,122,760 will be paid by the end of the year.

Question No. 41 answered with QuestionNo. 17