Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (184)

Michelle Mulherin


184. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when he will be in a position to provide funding to Mayo County Council to enable it to provide grant aid to persons to improve their housing conditions under the special housing aid for the elderly scheme and mobility aid grant scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26403/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

On 22 February 2013 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. This year I allocated local authorities the full amount of their contractual commitments which, in the case of Mayo County Council, amounted to €1,658,576 . 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. This brought Mayo County Council’s overall allocation to € 2,575,216. In order to deal with any acute or particular strain 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 allocations totalling €1.2 million for 13 local authorities. I will consider further applications from local authorities where similar difficulties have arisen. No such application has so far been received from Mayo County Council.