Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (354)

Sandra McLellan

Question:

354. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when money will be allocated to Cork County Council for housing adaptation grants for 2014 for council tenants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14937/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Under section 58 of the Housing Act 1966, the management and maintenance of the local authority housing stock, including the compilation and funding of on-going maintenance programmes and minor adaptation works, is a matter for individual authorities, in this case Cork County Council.

As part of my Department's Social Housing Investment Programme, local authorities are allocated funding each year in respect of a range of measures to improve the standard and overall quality of their social housing stock, including the regeneration of large social housing estates and flat complexes, estate-wide remedial works schemes and a range of retrofitting works aimed at improving the fabric and energy efficiency of properties.

Local authorities were advised earlier this year that funding for adaptations and extensions would be considered on a case by case basis. Authorities should, as far as possible, undertake and fund these works from own resources, including from available Internal Capital Receipts (ICRs), before seeking Exchequer funding. My Department will shortly request local authorities to report on their ICR-funded housing works programme for 2014. Requests for funding for adaptations and extensions to properties will be considered in the light of the returns received in this regard.