Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Questions (223)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

223. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he plans to carry out a review of 60 major charities which receive €4.2 billion funding and 1,500 non-profit organisations which receive €1.7 billion; his plans to rationalise the number of State agencies which dispense public funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5643/21]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

My Department has no plans to commission a review the State’s financing of the non-profit sector, including charities.  My Department’s policy in relation to funding for the sector is set out in Circular 13/2015 Management and Accountability for Grants. 

A review of funding programmes availed of by charities and not-for-profits would be a matter, in the first instance, for the individual funding departments.  It is to be noted that, for example, the 60 major charities in receipt of most of the Exchequer funding to the sector, include universities and organisations provided for under Section 38 of the Health Act, 2004.  These are funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and the Health Service Executive.