Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (72)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

72. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the capital expenditure to date in 2018 by subhead of his Department compared to the allocation in the Estimate; if he is satisfied that all allocated capital will be spent by the end of 2018; if he has applied to the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform for permission to carry over capital money to 2019; if so, the amount requested; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51846/18]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Revised Estimates for 2018 in respect of the Department of Rural and Community Development sets out gross capital expenditure of €87.5 million. This is supplemented by €7.7 million capital which was carried forward from 2017.

As of the 7th December, €73.7 million of my Department's capital allocation has been spent; there remains €21.5 million in capital expenditure to be spent before the end of the year. This expenditure is detailed by programme in the table provided below.

Close monitoring of expenditure is a matter of significant priority for my Department so as to ensure full use of our allocated resources, and that value for money is delivered in respect of our funding.

I have already identified areas where some capital programmes are unlikely to spend their full allocation this year. For example, whilst LEADER activity is ramping up and a healthy pipeline of projects have been approved, the programme will not require its full allocation this year.

I have been proactive in reallocating resources where possible. For example, I have already expanded the Community Enhancement Programme this year, increased investment in Libraries, and provided additional support to fund the Local Improvement Schemes. I have also supported the development of Coillte trails, Tidy Towns, Agricultural Shows and Men's Sheds Organisations.

The progress being made with regard to payments is clear. Almost €35 million in capital expenditure was paid out over October and November.

I can confirm that I anticipate full use of capital moneys, and have therefore not applied to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to carryover capital money to 2019. I will continue to closely monitor expenditure over the final weeks of this year to ensure that our resources are fully used, delivering for all communities and for rural Ireland

Capital Expenditure to date

1. Capital Expenditure to date

Full Year - 2018

YTD - Actual

V42 – GROSS (€’000s)

95,208

73,677

A - REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

85,855

56,552

A.2 - ADMINISTRATION - NON PAY

166

151

A.3 - DORMANT ACCOUNT MEASURES

2,006

53

A.5 - NATIONAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES

18,083

11,809

A.6 - LEADER - RURAL ECONOMY SUB PROGRAMME

40,000

22,266

A.8 - TOWN AND VILLAGE REGENERATION

15,000

11,439

A.9 - RURAL BROADBAND, REG ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

600

511

A.10. - LOCAL IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES

10,000

10,323

B - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

9,353

17,125

B.2 - ADMINISTRATION - NON PAY

136

107

B.6 - RAPID

3,767

3,767

B.8 - PROGRAMME FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION

700

0

B.10 - LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT AND ARCHIVE SERVICE

2,750

2,736

B.11 - COMMUNITY FACILITIES FUND

2,000

10,515