Dáil Éireann - Volume 610 - 22 November, 2005
Written Answers. - Local Authority Funding.
Mr. Fleming Mr. Fleming
588. Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount of funding allocated to Laois County Council in 2004 and 2005 for the disabled persons grant; the amount drawn down by Laois County Council in 2004 and to date in 2005; the amount expected to be drawn down in the remainder of 2005; the amount provided by Laois County Council from its own funds to match funding from his Department in the council’s estimates;  and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35320/05]
Mr. N. Ahern Mr. N. Ahern
Mr. N. Ahern: In 2004, Laois County Council received an initial combined capital allocation of €1,602,000 for the payment of disabled persons and essential repairs grants. An increase in the allocation was approved during the year following requests from the council which brought the final combined capital allocation for 2004 to €2,630,677. This was comprised of a one third contribution of €876,892 from the council’s own resources and the two thirds —€1,753,785 — recoupable from my Department. Actual expenditure by the council on the two grant schemes in 2004 was €2,632,074.
In 2005, an initial combined capital allocation of €1,500,000 was notified to Laois County Council based on its estimate of expenditure for the two schemes and a provision of €500,000 made to fund its one third contribution. The council has indicated that expenditure on the two schemes at 31 October 2005 was €1,408,821. Its recent request for an increase in the capital allocation for the schemes in 2005 is being processed and a decision will issue shortly.
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