Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (332)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

332. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will be made on an application for a relocation grant lodged by a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay in issuing grant aid; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9845/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The Government has provided various types of support to people affected by the November 2009 flooding. Humanitarian Aid payments were made, both in the immediate aftermath of the flooding and subsequently to enable eligible households to resume living at their home. Subject to certain conditions the Government also decided to provide support to a small number of families who are continuing to experience significant housing problems as a result of the November 2009 flooding and are considering the possibility of relocating rather than resuming living at their original home. The legal agreement necessary for the purpose of this scheme was the subject of much detailed discussion and negotiations between this Department, the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Chief State Solicitor’s Office (CSSO). The agreement was finalised and issued to the householders on 5 December 2012.

In view of the legal obligations attaching to the payment of monies in respect of relocation assistance, householders have been advised to seek legal advice prior to signing the agreements. A number of documents, including signed legal agreements, have recently been received from the person concerned and are being considered in the Department in consultation with the Department’s legal advisors. The Department will be in further contact with the person concerned when these matters have been finalised. Payment of any amount due under this scheme will only be made when all terms and conditions of the scheme have been satisfied.