Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (1966)

James Browne

Ceist:

1966. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount allocated to each local authority under the housing adaptation grant scheme for persons with a disability in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35693/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department provides funding under the suite of Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability, in respect of private houses. There are three separate grant schemes available, being the Housing Aid for Older People Grant, the Mobility Aids Grant and the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability. Funding of €71.25 million has been allocated for the three schemes in 2019, with responsibility for the apportionment between the individual schemes being a matter for each local authority.

Information on these grant schemes for the years 2016 - 2018, showing the numbers of grants funded per annum and the funding provided to each local authority, is available on my Department’s website at the following link: www.housing.gov.ie/housing/statistics/social-and-affordble/other-local-authority-housing-scheme-statistics.

The following table contains details of the 2019 exchequer funding drawn down by all local authorities in respect of these grants up to the end of August this year. These amounts do not necessarily represent what each local authority has spent, as funding may have been spent but not yet claimed from my Department. Also, the amounts shown for exchequer draw down are topped up by each local authority's own 20% contribution.

Local Authority

Exchequer draw down up to 31 August 2019

Carlow

€760,231

Cavan

€283,853

Clare

€790,100

Cork County

€1,469,782

Cork City

€311,419

Donegal

€536,075

Dublin City

€4,270,982

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

€603,777

Fingal

€997,998

Galway County

€703,812

Galway City

€466,613

Kerry

€1,098,828

Kildare

€760,569

Kilkenny

€930,682

Laois

€128,148

Leitrim

€104,476

Limerick

€1,201,874

Longford

€187,173

Louth

€280,066

Mayo

€878,227

Meath

€998,640

Monaghan

€945,482

Offaly

€120,672

Roscommon

€435,670

Sligo

€568,806

South Dublin

€1,231,339

Tipperary

€1,455,303

Waterford

€686,406

Westmeath

€353,003

Wexford

€1,154,390

Wicklow

€435,215

Over the course of each year, my Department works closely with all local authorities, to monitor spend and to achieve a full drawdown of the available funding. As the year progresses, any underspend is redistributed to those local authorities with high levels of grant activity who sought additional funding.