Thursday, 7 November 2019

Questions (218)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

218. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 560 of 24 September 2019, the status of actions he is taking following the report of the baseline review group; and when he plans to publish the report. [45925/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

In May 2018, a Local Government Funding (Baseline) Review Group was established to consider the methodology to determine local authority funding baselines, to inform the distribution of any additional funding that could become available for general, operational purposes.

The Review Group, comprising representatives from my Department and the Local Government Sector, executive and elected members, was tasked with, insofar as possible, developing a methodology for distributing the available funding to bring greater balance and equity of funding outcomes for local authorities, in the context of the wide range issues they face and the diverse nature of counties across Ireland. Ultimately, the primary purpose of the review was to inform the Minister in relation to any actions he may wish to recommend to Government.

Recommendations were received from the Review Group in August 2018 and these fall to be considered in the context of the review of Local Property Tax (LPT) undertaken by the Department of Finance.

Taxation policy, including in respect of LPT, is in the first instance a matter for my colleague the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform. The review of LPT was published by the Department of Finance in March of this year and referred by Minister Donohoe to the Budgetary Oversight Committee for its consideration. When the ongoing process in relation to the consideration of that Review of LPT is concluded, the work of the Baseline Review Group will be considered further as will the issue of publication of the Review Group's recommendations.