Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Child and Family Agency Services
342. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if he will assure the Westmeath Support Services against Domestic Abuse that it can continue to operate its services on a long-term basis, that the month-by-month funding of the services will be replaced by long-term funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43994/15]
Tusla, the Child and Family Agency provided €47,000 in funding to Westmeath Support Services against Domestic Violence in 2015.
I recently announced a significant increase in the funding allocation to Tusla for next year. Tusla will have available to it some €676 million in funding, representing an increase of €38 million over 2015.
The precise level of funding to be provided to Domestic Violence Services for next year will now be considered by Tusla in developing its Business Plan for 2016, which will be sent to me for consideration.
Tusla will communicate with individual funded organisations about funding arrangements for 2016 at the earliest opportunity and will continue to engage with stakeholders in Co. Westmeath as to how best to provide domestic violence support services as part of integrated community-based services.