Thursday, 2 May 2013

Questions (159)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

159. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the extent to which the various local authorities have received adequate provision to meet the disabled persons housing adaptation grant requirements in 2013; the numbers awaiting approval throughout the various local authorities countrywide; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20939/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

My Department’s involvement with the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability relates primarily to the recoupment of a proportion of local authority expenditure on the payment of individual grants. These schemes, introduced in November 2007, are funded by 80% recoupments available from my Department together with a 20% contribution from the resources of the local authority.

On 22 February I announced capital allocations to local authorities under the suite of Grants for Older People and People with a Disability amounting to €42.750 million. In allocating the available funding across all 34 city and county councils I did so in as transparent and as fair a way as possible. In framing the 2013 allocations, my Department wrote to each local authority requesting details of the numbers and value of grants where work had been approved to commence. Between them, local authorities reported contractual commitments in respect of approved grants totalling €18 million. This year I allocated local authorities the full amount of their contractual commitments. The balance of the available funding was allocated on the basis of each authority’s share of the new applications on hand in January 2013.

In order to deal with any acute or particular difficulty which might arise in the operation of the schemes over the course of the year I have set aside a small capital reserve. I recently approved supplementary funding of €1.2 million to 13 local authorities from this reserve. I will consider requests for further supplementary allocations later in the year. Based on information submitted by local authorities to my Department in January 2013, details of the numbers of applications received but still awaiting approval at that time, broken down by scheme, are set out in the following table:

Local Authority

Housing Adaptation Grants

Housing Aid for Older People

Mobility Aids Grants

Total

Carlow County Council

47

137

42

226

Cavan County Council

36

93

31

160

Clare County Council

122

461

150

733

Cork County Council

64

673

137

874

Donegal County Council

112

26

36

174

Dun Laogh/ Rath Co Council

67

2

0

69

Fingal County Council

112

160

13

285

Galway County Council

13

186

16

215

Kerry County Council

84

126

99

309

Kildare County Council

74

284

13

371

Kilkenny County Council

111

169

86

366

Laois County Council

12

78

13

103

Leitrim County Council

1

1

0

2

Limerick County Council

46

280

36

362

Longford County Council

6

30

10

46

Louth County Council

130

150

10

290

Mayo County Council

25

209

89

323

Meath County Council

39

1

1

41

Monaghan County Council

50

75

55

180

North Tipp County Council

17

142

4

163

Offaly County Council

117

159

11

287

Roscommon County Council

75

131

4

210

Sligo County Council

8

5

3

16

South Dublin County Council

72

10

20

102

South Tipp County Council

104

148

38

290

Waterford County Council

18

81

25

124

Westmeath County Council

54

73

18

145

Wexford County Council

29

505

103

637

Wicklow County Council

20

68

50

138

Cork City Council

142

197

19

358

Dublin City Council

454

47

28

529

Galway City Council

15

32

6

53

Limerick City Council

94

266

95

455

Waterford City Council

15

11

30

56

TOTALS

2385

5016

1291

8692

Question No. 160 answered with Question No. 150.