Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (638)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

638. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when a decision will be made on an application for funding towards an extension to a council property submitted by Galway City Council (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16662/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Local authorities, including Galway City Council, have submitted to my Department details of their work proposals and related funding requirements for the Disabled Persons Grants scheme for 2019. I understand that the property referred to is part of Galway City Council's overall proposal.

The headline funding requirements of all local authorities, including Galway City Council, are now being assessed in the context of the available national funding and allocations will be confirmed shortly. Once allocations issue, it will be for the Council to determine the projects that they prioritise and fund.  My Department would only be involved again with a limited number of high cost projects, where a brief technical and value-for-money review is carried out.  Otherwise, it is for the local authorities themselves to implement the projects in conjunction with their tenants.

Ahead of full year 2019 allocations, local authorities had already been notified to proceed with works of a value of up to 65% of their 2018 allocation. This allows them to plan and progress works under the scheme and to avoid delays for priority and urgent cases.