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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Departmental Expenditure

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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217. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if any of her Department’s 2012 capital expenditure allocation was used for current expenditure purposes last year, the amount used for this purpose; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19211/13]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Children; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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The capital allocation made available to my Department in 2012 was not used for current expenditure purposes.

Photo of Seán FlemingSeán Fleming (Laois-Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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218. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will provide the month by month profile for her Department's 2013 capital expendiuture;; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19227/13]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Children; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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A sum of €25.760 million has been made available to my Department in 2013 to support capital developments. This includes:

National Children Detention Facilities (Subhead A.7)

Just over €20 million is being made available in 2013 to undertake the National Children Detention Facility Project at Oberstown. My officials in the Irish Youth Justice Service continue to work closely to progress this project with the Office of Public Works (OPW) which is providing the relevant project management services for my Department. The tender process for the award of a contract for the project is currently ongoing and the current projected timeline estimate from the OPW indicates that the first new residential units, to provide sufficient capacity to end the practice of sending 17 year old boys to St. Patrick's Institution, will be available for use by mid 2014.

2013 Childcare Capital Programme (Subhead B.4)

A sum of €3.25 million is being made available to support the ongoing improvement of the childcare sector. Community/not-for-profit and private childcare providers/childminders that are currently providing services under one or more of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs funding programmes - the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) programme, the Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) programme and the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme - are eligible to apply. The 2013 funding programme covers four strands as follows:

Strand 1: small grants to purchase equipment or carry out small maintenance work;

Strand 2: grants to improve accessibility of services for children with disabilities;

Strand 3: grants to provide natural outdoor spaces that promote active outdoor play; and

Strand 4: grants towards critical works to ensure that buildings are fit for purpose under the childcare regulations (open to community/not-for-profit services only).

Youth Programmes and Services (Subhead B.5)

A sum of €1.75 million is being made available under a capital programme that will include the allocation of €1 million to support the provision of new Youth Cafés. The programme is being administered on behalf of my Department by Pobal and the funds will include support for fit-out, refurbishment works or building enhancement projects for the start-up of new Youth Cafés. In addition, resources amounting to €500,000 will be made available to youth projects for small refurbishment works or the purchase of equipment and a further €250,000 towards play and recreation facilities.

The Profiles of Expenditure in relation to each of the Capital Programmes are set out in the following table:

SubheadJANFEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUNE
JULY
AUG
SEPT
OCT
NOV
DEC
TOTAL
-
€000
€000
€000
€000
€000
€000
€000
€000
€000
€000
€000
€000
€000
A.7
7
4
0
31
4,336
106
8,961
21
26
7,176
26
66
20,760
B.4
0
0
0
0
300
500
500
500
500
500
450
0
3,250
B.5
80
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
920
750
0
0
1,750
Total
87
4
0
31
4,636
606
9,461
521
1,446
8,426
476
66
25,760

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