Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (276)

Brendan Ryan


276. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to allocate further funds this year to local authorities for housing adaptation grants in order to tackle the national backlog in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24649/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The management of housing policy and making provision for expenditure on housing  is a matter in the first instance for my colleague the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to consider. An allocation of €38.6m was made in Budget 2014 for Private Housing Grants which represented a 10% increase on the 2013 allocation. The Deputy will be aware that I recently agreed to make available an additional €50m for funding the social housing programme under Phase 4 of the Infrastructure Stimulus Investing in Recovery and Growth.  The question as to what extent  there is  scope for further investment in housing will be considered in engagement between my Department and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government in the coming months in the context of preparations of the Estimates/Budget for 2015.