Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1413)

Tony McLoughlin


1413. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if a revised total amount of €1.9 million in funding can be allocated for housing adaptation grants by Sligo County Council for 2019, in view of the fact that the council has the required levels to match funding to allow this level of grant to be awarded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13614/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I recently announced funding for 2019 of €71.25 million nationally for the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability, living in private houses. Sligo County Council has received a 2019 allocation of €1,405,298, comprising exchequer funding of €1,124,238 and €281,060 from the local authority. Based on population, which is increasingly the basis on which allocations are made, this is a fair allocation to Sligo relative to the thirty other local authorities.

Over the course of each year, my Department works closely with all local authorities, to monitor spend and to achieve a full drawdown of the available funding. As the year progresses, any underspend is redistributed to those local authorities with high levels of grant activity who sought additional funding. Sligo County Council can be considered for additional funding in the context of this, if it emerges that other local authorities will not spend in full.

Question No. 1414 answered with Question No. 1357.