Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Ceisteanna (223)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

314 Ms Shortall asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the local authorities in 2003 who sought his Department's approval to use their internal capital receipts which were surplus to the requirements of their housing construction and remedial works programme for the provision of central heating and window replacement in their rented housing stock; and the amount in each case. [3337/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Since 1994, my Department has required that central heating be provided during construction in new local authority dwellings and included in the overall cost of the schemes.

The management, maintenance and improvement of their existing rented dwellings, including the installation of central heating and-or window replacement is, in principle, the responsibility of local authorities to be financed from their own resources. Where capital funding is provided under remedial or regeneration schemes operated by my Department for the upgrading of local authority dwellings, the provision of central heating and-or window replacement may form part of the work undertaken.

Local authorities may also seek my Department's approval to use their internal capital receipts, which are surplus to the requirements of the local authority housing construction and remedial works programmes, for improvement works including the provision of central heating and-or window replacement in their rented housing stock. The following proposals put forward by authorities for such improvement works were approved by my Department in 2003.

Local Authority

Amount of Internal Capital Receipts

Dungarvan Town Council

50,000

Ennis Town Council

190,210

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council

100,000

Macroom Town Council

66,000

Cobh Town Council

77,700

Listowel Town Council

75,500

Tralee Town Council

91,000

Carlow County Council

100,000

Meath County Council

52,500

Kilkenny County Council

500,000

Dundalk Town Council

842,615

Offaly County Council

105,000

Tullamore Town Council

250,000

Westmeath County Council

171,300

Athlone Town Council

66,000

New Ross Town Council

50,000

Galway County Council

1,300,000

Donegal County Council

400,000

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council

614,625

Sligo County Council l

95,000

Ballinasloe Town Council

20,000

Clones Town Council

120,000

Westport Town Council

250,000