Written answers

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Réada CroninRéada Cronin (Kildare North, Sinn Fein)
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438. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the funding that has been allocated to Kildare County Council to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19774/20]

Photo of Réada CroninRéada Cronin (Kildare North, Sinn Fein)
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442. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the funding allocated to each local authority under the Covid-19 support scheme for local authorities in tabular form; the deficit expected for each local authority in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19778/20]

Photo of Paul DonnellyPaul Donnelly (Dublin West, Sinn Fein)
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445. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the funding allocated to Fingal County Council in order to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19838/20]

Photo of Paul DonnellyPaul Donnelly (Dublin West, Sinn Fein)
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449. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each local authority under the Covid-19 support scheme for local authorities; the deficit expected for each local authority in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19842/20]

Photo of John BradyJohn Brady (Wicklow, Sinn Fein)
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454. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding that has been allocated to Wicklow County Council in order to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19887/20]

Photo of John BradyJohn Brady (Wicklow, Sinn Fein)
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458. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each local authority under the Covid-19 support scheme for local authorities; the deficit expected for each local authority in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19891/20]

Photo of Martin BrowneMartin Browne (Tipperary, Sinn Fein)
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462. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to Tipperary County Council in order to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19938/20]

Photo of Pauline TullyPauline Tully (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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484. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding that has been allocated to Cavan County Council in order to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20184/20]

Photo of Pauline TullyPauline Tully (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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488. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each local authority under the Covid-19 support scheme for local authorities; the deficit expected for each local authority in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20188/20]

Photo of Martin KennyMartin Kenny (Sligo-Leitrim, Sinn Fein)
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491. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding that has been allocated to Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal County and Roscommon county councils in order to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20271/20]

Photo of Martin KennyMartin Kenny (Sligo-Leitrim, Sinn Fein)
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495. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each local authority under the Covid-19 support scheme for local authorities; the estimated deficit expected for each local authority in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20275/20]

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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501. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding that has been allocated to Donegal County Council to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20434/20]

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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505. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each local authority under the Covid-19 support scheme for local authorities; the deficit expected for each local authority in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20438/20]

Photo of Johnny GuirkeJohnny Guirke (Meath West, Sinn Fein)
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519. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to counties Meath and Westmeath by county in order to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20705/20]

Photo of Johnny GuirkeJohnny Guirke (Meath West, Sinn Fein)
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523. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each local authority under the Covid-19 support scheme for local authorities; the estimated deficit expected for each local authority in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20709/20]

Photo of Martin KennyMartin Kenny (Sligo-Leitrim, Sinn Fein)
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531. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding that has been allocated to Sligo County Council, Leitrim County Council, Donegal County Council and Roscommon County Council in order to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20792/20]

Photo of Martin KennyMartin Kenny (Sligo-Leitrim, Sinn Fein)
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534. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each local authority under the Covid-19 support scheme for local authorities; the deficit expected for each local authority in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20796/20]

Photo of Pa DalyPa Daly (Kerry, Sinn Fein)
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537. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding that has been allocated to County Kerry in order to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20802/20]

Photo of Pa DalyPa Daly (Kerry, Sinn Fein)
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541. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each local authority under the Covid-19 support scheme for local authorities; the deficit expected for each local authority in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20806/20]

Photo of Violet WynneViolet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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544. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to Clare County Council in order to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20895/20]

Photo of Violet WynneViolet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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548. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each local authority under the Covid-19 support scheme for local authorities; the deficit expected for each local authority in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20899/20]

Photo of Patricia RyanPatricia Ryan (Kildare South, Sinn Fein)
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553. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding that has been allocated to Kildare County Council in order to deal with the impact of Covid-19; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21010/20]

Photo of Patricia RyanPatricia Ryan (Kildare South, Sinn Fein)
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557. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to each local authority under the Covid-19 support scheme for local authorities; the deficit expected for each local authority in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21014/20]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 438, 442, 445, 449, 454, 458, 462, 484, 488, 491, 495, 501, 505, 519, 523, 531, 534, 537, 541, 544, 548, 553 and 557 together.

In terms of measures taken by my Department to assist local authorities with the financial challenges they are experiencing since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, as a short term measure €136 million was made available to local authorities as cash flow support in early April, in order to ensure that vital services that local authorities deliver could be maintained. This support comprised an early payment of the Local Property Tax allocation ordinarily paid from the Local Government Fund in May and July. Further to these measures, my Department arranged for the payment of 50% of each local authority’s individual Payroll and PSPR allocation, amounting to €54.8m, in mid-June. This interim payment would ordinarily be paid later in July.

To support both the local government sector and the ratepayers impacted, €600m has been allocated by Government to fund the cost of a waiver of commercial rates for six months to the end of September 2020 for eligible businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will take the form of a credit in lieu of rates.

It is recognised that additional costs are being incurred by local authorities in relation to Covid-19. Local authorities have been advised to capture all related costs in their financial systems to aid future financial analysis of the impact of Covid-19 on the local government sector. The full financial impacts and estimated potential deficits for 2020 have not yet been fully quantified by the local authorities. In order to support the sector generally, my Department continues to keep local authority income, expenditure and cash flow under review and will continue to work with all local authorities, both collectively and individually, on issues arising, including those issues facing Kildare County Council and all the other authorities referred to in the Deputies questions.

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