Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (676)

Róisín Shortall


676. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the projected increase in the gross capital expenditure ceiling applying to his Department in 2020 over 2019; and the projects this increase has been earmarked for. [37456/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The capital expenditure provision for my Department in 2020, as set out in the Mid-Year Expenditure Report 2019 published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, amounts to €2.205 billion  - an increase of  €81m on the 2019 allocation of €2.124 billion.

This 2020 provision does not take into account a further €13m of drawdown under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund that was re-profiled from 2019 to 2020, without delay to any URDF projects, as part of the process of accommodating the additional cost pressures arising from the National Children’s Hospital project - this €13m adjustment to the 2020 figure will be reflected at Budget time. 

The capital provision for my Department in Budget 2020 will be used to advance investment across a range of programme areas within my Department’s remit, including local authority housing, voluntary housing, estate regeneration, the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund, the Serviced Sites Fund, the URDF, water and wastewater services, and fire and emergency services. Details of specific allocations towards individual programmes will be finalised as part of the Estimates processes, as normal, and information on projects to be funded will be announced as part of ongoing programme management.