Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions (422)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

422. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if further funding will be allocated to the LIS scheme in 2019 in view of low expenditure by his Department to date on capital projects; if so, when county councils will be informed of the further allocation to them; the amount of the allocation made for LIS schemes to local authorities for 2018 and 2019 not expended to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28840/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

On 7th February last I launched the 2019 Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) and allocated a sum of €10 million to Local Authorities under the scheme. The number and location of roads to benefit from improvement works in 2019 is a matter for the relevant Local Authority. Funding allocations, on a county by county basis, can be found on the Gov.ie website at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/policy-information/d309ea-local-improvement-scheme/.

Over €20.8 million was allocated under LIS in 2018 and less than 10% (almost €2.3 million) remains to be drawn down.

To date, no Local Authority has drawn down their 2019 allocated funding. However, payments are made in arrears, on the basis of projects being completed, and I anticipate that the summer period will provide an opportunity for many LIS improvement works to be carried out.

I am confident that the full amount available for the LIS in my Department's Vote this year will be drawn down.