Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (206)

Michael McNamara

Question:

206. Deputy Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Transport if an extension will be granted for the works programme funding allocation to local authorities (details supplied) due to the Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38132/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council's own resources supplemented by State road grants.

The financial year for grants under the regional and local road grant programme is from 1 December to 30 November each year. Allowing for the time required to process end of year claims and for the finalisation of the Department’s end of year account, it is not possible to extend the closing date for the receipt from local authorities of final claims in relation to their annual road programmes.