Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (158)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

158. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the extent to which his Department has identified the impact of the cost cutting requirements on the services which he inherited; the way this is affecting the capacity to provide continued service throughout the sector and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20938/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Details of funding available to my Department this year as provided for in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2013, together with the spending outturns in 2011 and 2012, are set out in the following table.

REV

Capital

€m

Capital

Carryover

€m

Current

€m

Total

€m

2013

726

43

482

1,251

2012

768

34

450

1252

2011

1,017

-

627

1644

While funding for my Department’s activities has been reduced in line with the constrained economic climate, it remains significant - €1.25 billion in 2013. It has been necessary to prioritise resources to ensure that our programmes contribute, to the maximum extent possible and with enhanced efficiency, to the overall Government objective of economic recovery and increased employment, while at the same time assisting those most in need of support.

The total funding of some €1.25 billion available in 2013 will be used to make maximum progress across the range of programmes for which my Department is responsible, including protecting the environment; providing necessary housing supports; investing in water services infrastructure; and fostering community and rural development in partnership with local government and other local development bodies.