Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Questions (176)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

176. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding provided to a centre (details supplied) in each of the past four years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25746/18]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has statutory responsibility for the provision of care and protection to victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.

Services provided include emergency refuge and support services for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence, community-based domestic violence support services, and rape crisis centres around the country.

The organisation in question has received financial support from Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, since the foundation of the Agency in 2014.

Table 1 provides information on the annual allocation of funds to the organisation to which the Deputy refers from 2015 to 2018.

Table 1: Allocation of funds to the organisation in question for years 2015 - 2018.

2015

2016

2017

2018

€525,800

€536,200

€551,183

€536,200

Several points should be noted when examining the data provided:

- The funding total for 2018 refers to the allocation of funds for the organisation in question in Tusla's budget for domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services. It is possible that the total monies provided to a service in 2018 may vary from the initial allocation, depending on service demands.

- In 2017, the organisation was provided with an additional €15,000 on a once-off basis in order to support the sustainability of the organisation.

At present, I am not in a position to advise on the level of funding that will be available for services next year. This issue will be clarified in the context of the 2019 Estimates process, and having regard to the overall level of funding available to Tusla next year. However, I can assure the Deputy that domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services are a priority for me.

It is important that the needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence are met in the best way possible, with due attention to the quality, accessibility, and outcome of services.