Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (423)

Dessie Ellis


423. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans for measures to ensure that local authorities properly draw down funding allocated to them to provide for the needs of local people to whom they are responsible, especially in the case of Traveller specific accommodation. [12958/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

My Department closely monitors progress by housing authorities in relation to the implementation of annual work programmes for the supply and improvement of social housing and funded under the Social Housing Investment Programme (SHIP). Capital allocations in respect of 2013 have recently issued to all housing authorities who, in turn, have been requested to submit quarterly profiles of expenditure under each of the eight principal measures within the SHIP, including the Traveller Accommodation Programme. Expenditure will be closely monitored against profiled amounts and will also be the subject of discussions between my Department and the authorities at meetings to review housing work programmes, commencing in Quarter 2, 2013.