Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (78)

Phil Hogan

Question:

64 Mr. Hogan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the total spent on the disabled persons housing grant, broken down by county, in 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27531/04]

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

The total spent on the disabled persons grant scheme in 2003 is set out in the following table.

Local authority

Expenditure €

County Councils

Carlow

213,045

Cavan

1,684,852

Clare

623,016

Cork (n)

1,719,645

Cork (w)

1,053,000

Cork (s)

2,384,778

Donegal

3,143,992

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown

1,751,899

Fingal

819,938

Galway

1,145,176

Kerry

1,033,939

Kildare

1,110,686

Kilkenny

503,410

Laois

499,597

Leitrim

1,300,488

Limerick

713,534

Longford

914,071

Louth

576,435

Mayo

1,366,888

Meath

1,353,254

Monaghan

1,421,993

North Tipperary

818,982

Offaly

747,208

Roscommon

1,418,820

Sligo

470,753

South Dublin

2,544,886

South Tipperary

927,602

Waterford

844,160

Westmeath

967,940

Wexford

693,824

Wicklow

1,291,689

City Councils

Cork

834,072

Dublin

10,993,203

Galway

902,172

Limerick

663,313

Waterford

546,000

Borough Councils

Sligo

457,320

Town Councils

Bray

25,378

Total

50,480,958

The administration of the disabled persons and essential repairs grant schemes is a matter for individual local authorities. The framework for the operation of the schemes is laid down in statutory regulations and, as far as practicable, is designed to give an appropriate degree of flexibility to local authorities with regard to their administration. It is a matter for the authorities to decide on the level of funding to be provided for the scheme in their areas from within the allocations notified to them for this purpose by my Department and to manage the operation of the schemes within these allocations. My Department recoups to local authorities two thirds of their expenditure on the payment of individual grants and it is the responsibility of the authorities to fund their one third contribution from their own resources from amounts provided for that purpose in their annual estimates of expenditure.