Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ceisteanna (188, 189)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

188. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the allocation of capital expenditure for youth work services in each of the years 2014 to 2018 in tabular form. [21548/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

189. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funds disbursed to and spent by youth work services under capital expenditure funding schemes in each of the years 2014 to 2017, and to date 2018, in tabular form. [21549/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 and 189 together.

In recent years, capital funding has been made available to my Department to support youth projects in local communities. The funding provided for the purchase of equipment and supported small scale projects, including refurbishments, health and safety fit-outs and accessibility improvements in local voluntary youth services. The capital allocations to my Department between 2014 and 2018 were as follows:

Year

Capital allocation

2014

€500.000

2015

€500,000

2016

€2,600,000

2017

€2,600,000

2018

€2,600,000

In 2014 a capital allocation of €500,000 was made available to fund small equipment and capital projects in the youth services. Fifty youth projects received grants under the scheme.

In 2015 a capital allocation of €500,000 was made available to fund small capital projects in youth services. Sixteen youth projects across the country received grants under the scheme.

An amount of €2.6m in 2016 was allocated to the Department for a capital funding scheme for youth projects and services that are funded by the Department under the youth funding schemes. Under the Youth Capital Funding Scheme 2016/2017, eighty six youth projects across the country were provided capital funding.

During 2017, I was in a position to approve the overall allocation of €6.35m under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme in 2017. This allocation was comprised of the €2.6m youth capital allocation in 2017, unspent and returned monies under the Youth Capital Funding Scheme 2016 / 2017 and other funding which became available to my Department during 2017.

The primary focus of this scheme was to assist volunteer led clubs and groups that work with young people in communities throughout the country. The scheme allowed for the purchase of equipment for sport, arts, adventure and other much needed items.

Earlier this month, I was pleased to launch the Youth Capital Funding Scheme 2018. Under this scheme, €2m is being made available for targeted staff-led youth projects and services across the country to fund small capital projects. The Scheme is to support purchase of equipment and to fund small scale projects including the upgrade of bathrooms and kitchens in youth services.

In addition, over 2017 and 2018 capital funding has been made available to new youth projects and services, established in line with the recommendations of the Value for Money and Policy Review of Youth Funding Schemes.