Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Questions (230)

Carol Nolan


230. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans in budget 2019 to continue the local improvement scheme; and his further plans to increase the level of funding available in the next round. [41416/18]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Local Improvement Scheme, or LIS, is a programme for improvement works on small private or non-public roads in predominantly rural areas. The scheme is funded by my Department and administered through the Local Authorities.

Following on from the successful re-launch of the scheme in 2017, I announced details of the 2018 Local Improvement Scheme on 27th February last. I allocated an initial sum of €10.8 million to Local Authorities across the country this year under the scheme.

The list of projects which each of the Councils has selected for improvement works under the scheme is available on my Department’s website.

As part of the LIS scheme this year, I also requested each County Council to compile a secondary list of suitable LIS road projects which they could complete if additional funding becomes available through my Department later in the year.

I am assessing the level of expenditure on all of my Department's programmes on an on-going basis, and I will make decisions shortly on whether there is scope for any additional funding to be allocated to the Local Improvement Scheme this year.

I anticipate that a new round of LIS will be announced in 2019.