Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ceisteanna (127)

Tom Fleming

Ceist:

130 Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government regarding an audit accessibility for disabled of all public places and buildings by Kerry County Council, the projects for which funding was made available to Kerry County Council; the cost of each project; the number of projects completed to date and the location of same; the projects in the audit for County Kerry that have still to be completed; if Kerry County Council has prioritised the places and costing for each project; when it is anticipated that the funds to carry out the remaining works will be made available. [23296/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

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

In accordance with my Department's Sectoral Plan, under the Disability Act 2005, all local authorities were required to carry out an accessibility audit in respect of all public spaces, public buildings and services owned and operated by them. Local authorities were then required to draw up implementation plans setting out a programme of works to address any issues identified through the audit process.

In 2005 the multi-annual Disability Services programme to assist delivery of the National Disability Strategy by the Department, local authorities and bodies under the Department's aegis was commenced. The multi-annual programme was completed in 2009 with one year's extra funding provided by the Department in 2010.

In total my Department provided over €77 million, between 2005 and 2010, to assist local authorities in improving access to public spaces, buildings and services for people with disabilities. Funding was allocated annually, for purposes of Disability Services, to local authorities, on the basis of priority areas identified by them in implementation plans.

The funding provided to Kerry County Council from 2005 to 2010 inclusive is set out in the table:

Funding for Kerry County Council

Year

Current

Capital

Total

2005

15,000

35,000

50,000

2006

74,638

446,023

520,661

2007

75,088

350,000

425,088

2008

28,516

340,000

368,516

2009

26,809

303,688

330,497

2010

7,500

226,106

233,606

Question No. 131 answered with Question No. 124.