Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Rural and Community Development

Local Improvement Scheme

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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58. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the local improvement scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43589/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The Local Improvement Scheme, or LIS, is a programme for improvement works on small private or non-public roads in rural areas which are not under the normal maintenance of the Local Authorities. The scheme is funded by my Department and is administered through the relevant Local Authorities.

Since the LIS was re-launched in 2017, over €58 million has been allocated to Local Authorities for improvements to over 2,300 qualifying roads under the scheme. This funding has made a significant difference to the access provided by these roads for over 10,000 beneficiaries.

An allocation of €10 million was made available in 2020 for the Local Improvement Scheme, and works under the scheme are now complete with all funding drawn down.

Recognising the value of the scheme for people living in rural areas, I have secured an increase in the allocation for LIS in Budget 2021. Funding for the scheme next year will increase by 5% to €10.5 million. The distribution of this funding to each of the relevant Local Authorities will be announced early next year when I formally launch the scheme for 2021.


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