Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2988)

Aindrias Moynihan

Ceist:

2988. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to both Cork city and county councils for DPG works on their housing stock in 2019 and for each of the past five years in tabular form; the amount of this funding the local authorities drew down; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34537/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I recently announced the 2019 funding allocations to local authorities for the Disabled Persons Grants (DPG) Scheme for adaptations and extensions to existing social homes to meet the needs of local authority tenants. The scheme applies to works that are necessary to address the needs of older people or people with a disability. This may involve minor adaptations such as stair-lifts, grabs -rails, showers, wet-rooms, ramps etc. It also provides funding for more major adaptations such as extensions, for example in the case of overcrowding, the installation of a downstairs bedroom or bathroom.

Some €15 million is being made available under the scheme in 2019, an increase of over €1 million on 2018 levels. On top of this exchequer funding, the local authority makes a further 10% contribution in respect of these grants. It is a matter for local authorities to prioritise the works to be funded under the scheme in their area, in the context of available funding and in line with the terms of the DPG scheme.

The available funding for 2019 was apportioned across local authorities having regard to individual funding requests. My Department will review the 2019 allocations and funding drawdown later this year with a view to considering the allocation of additional funding should it become available. It will be open to local authorities to seek additional funding in 2019, once their allocation is fully expended and the relevant funding recouped from the Department.

Details of the allocations and funding recouped to both Cork City and County Councils from 2014 to date in 2019, are outlined in the following table.

Year

Cork City

Cork County

Allocation (90% of works)

Funding provided

Allocation (90% of works)

Funding provided

2019

€ 2,000,000

€0

€ 1,000,000

€ 43,474

2018

€ 1,291,171

€ 1,971,353

€ 740,601

€ 2,024,062

2017

€ 613,296

€ 2,521,106

€ 811.365

€ 845,634

2016

€ 321,644

€ 1,046,295

€ 728,238

€ 658,971

2015

€ 554,019

€ 561,058

€ 538,493

€ 423,045

2014

€ 361,204

€ 313,378

€ 359,437

€ 490,998