Thursday, 16 December 2010

Ceisteanna (294, 295, 296, 297)

Brian Hayes

Ceist:

296 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding an application for funding by Dublin City Council in respect of social housing units (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47702/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

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

My Department is currently awaiting Dublin City Council's submission of further details relating to its proposal for a social housing project at the site in question. It is a matter for Dublin City Council, in the first instance, to prioritise and manage the advancement of such projects within its social housing investment programme, having regard to its available funding resources.

Brian Hayes

Ceist:

297 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding an application for funding by Dublin City Council in respect of social housing units (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47703/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

The social housing proposal in question has not advanced beyond Dublin City Councils submission of a pre-planning proposal to my Department. It is a matter for the Council, in the first instance, to prioritise and manage the advancement of such projects within the context of its overall social housing investment programme, having regard to its available funding resources.

Brian Hayes

Ceist:

298 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding an application for funding by Dublin City Council in respect of voluntary and cooperative housing (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47704/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

My Department's Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) provides funding to approved housing bodies of up to 100% of the approved costs of accommodation for older people, the homeless, persons with special needs, returning emigrants and victims of domestic violence. In February 2010, I announced approval to advance some 75 voluntary and co-operative housing projects at various locations around the country, including the project referred to in the question.

My Department's involvement with the CAS relates primarily to the provision of funds for individual projects. The detailed administration of the scheme, including the certification that projects comply with its terms and conditions, the processing of applications and the payment of capital grants in respect of approved housing projects, are the responsibility of the local authority. Dublin City Council is working with the voluntary body in question to progress this project in accordance with the terms and conditions of the CAS, including the requirements of the Capital Works Management Framework. My Department has recently received a detailed report from the City Council in regard to this project and will be in touch with the Council following consideration of this report.

Brian Hayes

Ceist:

299 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding an application for funding by Dublin City Council in respect of voluntary and cooperative housing (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47705/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Under my Department's Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS), funding of up to 100% of the approved cost is available for the provision of housing to meet the accommodation needs for persons with specific categories of need, including older people, persons with an intellectual, physical or mental health disability, homeless persons, victims of domestic violence etc.

All of the €145 million CAS provision for 2010 is committed at this stage. Approvals were largely based on the prioritisation afforded to individual proposals by local authorities.

It is intended to issue a call for proposals in the course of 2011 for new projects to be included in the ongoing CAS work programme. In the case of proposals for new housing projects in the Dublin City Council area, it will be a matter for Dublin City Council to submit a prioritised list of projects for inclusion in the programme having regard to the merit of the proposals received and the extent to which they will meet local housing needs.