Written answers

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Departmental Funding

Photo of Peter BurkePeter Burke (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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634. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the funding allocated within a town (details supplied) and its surrounds in each of the years 2011 to 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50243/19]

Photo of John Paul PhelanJohn Paul Phelan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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My Department has a wide and diverse business agenda, covering a broad range of functions, including local authority housing, voluntary housing, homeless services, estate regeneration, energy efficiency retrofitting, housing grants, rural water schemes, urban renewal/regeneration, and fire services. In order to achieve its business objectives, my Department allocates significant resources to an extensive range of organisations, including local authorities, state agencies, and other bodies. Some allocations, depending on the programmes concerned, are made on a national or other non-county basis. In these circumstances, the information requested is not readily available in my Department and its compilation would involve a disproportionate amount of time and work.

Across all schemes and funding sources my Department provided the amounts outlined in the table below to Westmeath County Council in the years 2011 to August 2019.

2011 34,306,260.87
2012 29,143,483.16
2013 29,694,545.45
2014 22,307,706.34
2015 20,224,801.05
2016 25,166,944.73
2017 28,144,126.30
2018 35,028,703.90
To 30 Aug 2019 27,121,414.63

I can also confirm that my Department issued approval to Westmeath County Council to enter into an availability agreement for 17 homes on a phased basis, in respect of the Moate Retirement Village, Moate, Co. Westmeath on 25 November 2019.

If the Deputy wishes to seek more specific information regarding allocations under the individual schemes overseen by my Department I will endeavour to provide more information. Detailed information should of course be available from Westmeath County Council.


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