Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (440)

Brian Stanley


440. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if the €490 million subvention from the local government fund to Irish Water will have to be repaid. [4949/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The local government funding model has changed considerably in 2014 and , in particular, the establishment of Irish Water and its financial relationship with the local government sector has a considerable impact on local authority financing. The funding to be provided to local authorities for the provision of water services in 2014 will be governed by Service Level Agreements between Irish Water and individual authorities. The Revised Estimates Volume for Public Services 2014 estimates total income to the Local Government Fund of €1.779 billion in 2014, including estimated Local Property Tax income of €550m. The subvention to Irish Water from the Fund in 2014; will fund water related expenditures incurred heretofore by local authorities; operational costs of providing water services, estimated at just under €723 million, have been removed from the local government sector in 2014. These expenditures were previously met by local authorities from their own resources and general purpose grants.

Questions Nos. 441 and 442 answered with Question No. 101.