Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
1223. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the total spend by each local authority of their traveller accommodation budget to date in 2020; and the total allocation of such funds for 2020, in tabular form. [3263/20]
In accordance with the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998, housing authorities have statutory responsibility for the assessment of the accommodation needs of Travellers and the preparation, adoption and implementation of multi-annual Traveller Accommodation Programmes (TAPs) in their areas. My Department’s role is to ensure that there are adequate structures and supports in place to assist the authorities in providing such accommodation, including a national framework of policy, legislation and funding.
In 2020, to facilitate ease of access to funding for Traveller-specific accommodation, my Department is no longer allocating specific budgets to individual local authorities. Instead, it is open to all local authorities to apply for and drawdown funds at any time through the year and this is actively encouraged by my Department.
The Traveller-specific budget for 2020 is €14.5m and drawdown to-date is set out in the following table.
|Cork City||€ 17,000|
|Cork County||€ -|
|Dublin City||€ 144,000|
|South Dublin||€ -|
|Galway City||€ -|
|Galway County||€ 24,000|
|Limerick City & Co.||€ -|
|Waterford City & Co.||€ -|
|Overall Total||€ 694,000|