Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2901, 2902, 2903, 2904, 2905, 2906)

Mary Butler

Question:

2901. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to Waterford City and County Council for the mobility aids housing grant scheme in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32982/19]

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Mary Butler

Question:

2902. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to Waterford City and County Council for the housing adaptation grant for people with a disability in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32983/19]

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Mary Butler

Question:

2903. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to Waterford City and County Council for the housing aid for older people grant in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32984/19]

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Mary Butler

Question:

2904. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each of the 31 local authorities for the mobility aids grant scheme in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33064/19]

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Mary Butler

Question:

2905. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each of the 31 local authorities for the housing adaptation grant for people with a disability in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33065/19]

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Mary Butler

Question:

2906. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each of the 31 local authorities for the housing aid for older people grant in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33066/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2901 to 2906, inclusive, together.

My Department provides funding under the suite of Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability, in respect of private houses. There are three separate grant schemes available, being the Housing Aid for Older People Grant, the Mobility Aids Grant and the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability. Funding of €71.25 million was allocated for the three schemes in 2019, with responsibility for the apportionment between them being a matter for each local authority.

Information on these grant schemes for the years 2016 - 2018, showing the numbers of grants funded per annum and the funding provided to each local authority, including Waterford City & County Council, is available on my Department’s website at the following link: http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/statistics/social-and-affordble/other-local-authority-housing-scheme-statistics.

The following table contains details of the 2019 exchequer funding drawn down by all local authorities, including Waterford City & County Council, in respect of these grants up to the end of June this year. These amounts do not necessarily represent what each local authority has spent, as funding may have been spent but not yet claimed from my Department. Also, the amounts shown for exchequer draw down, are topped up by each local authority's own 20% contribution.

Local Authority

Exchequer draw down up to 30 June 2019

Carlow

€424,557

Cavan

€146,827

Clare

€312,686

Cork County

€1,469,782

Cork City

€311,419

Donegal

€314,034

Dublin City

€3,267,142

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

€445,345

Fingal

€786,707

Galway County

€459,992

Galway City

€357,675

Kerry

€709,926

Kildare

€483,383

Kilkenny

€629,414

Laois

€25,228

Leitrim

€35,133

Limerick

€908,949

Longford

€130,630

Louth

€0

Mayo

€574,887

Meath

€661,350

Monaghan

€697,138

Offaly

€31,906

Roscommon

€312,214

Sligo

€418,069

South Dublin

€982,092

Tipperary

€1,094,658

Waterford

€516,223

Westmeath

€197,881

Wexford

€898,562

Wicklow

€70,937

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.