Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (47)

John McGuinness

Question:

47. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he plans to provide the local development companies at present operating the Leader programme with interim funding once their current contracts are concluded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44879/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Under the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 local development companies (LDCs) are permitted to spend up to 20% of their allocation on administration; this is approximately €74 million of the revised Programme value of €370m. In addition operational funding is also provided for animation activities. This is a substantial percentage of the fund and I have no plans to make additional interim funding available in addition to this.