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Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when he will be allocating funding to Limerick County Council for the housing aid for elderly grant scheme and the housing adaptation grant scheme; the amount of moneys that were given to area offices (details supplied) of Limerick County Council for these grants last year; and the amount that is expected to be given this year. [6134/12]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): My Department’s involvement with the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability relates primarily to the recoupment of a proportion of local authority expenditure on the payment of individual grants. The grant schemes, introduced in November 2007, are funded by 80% recoupment available from my Department together with a 20% contribution from the resources of the local authority. Allocations are made on a county-at-large basis. It is a matter for each local authority to determine how the funding is apportioned between the various grant measures.

In order to determine the capital allocations for 2012, my Department requested local authorities to submit details of their funding requirements under the grant schemes by 20 January, 2012. The information received is being examined at present and I intend to announce details of the capital allocations to local authorities for this year as soon as possible.

In 2011, my Department recouped a total of €1.7 million to Limerick County Council under the grant schemes. Information in relation to grant expenditure at sub-county level is not available in my Department.

My Department’s involvement with the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability relates primarily to the recoupment of a proportion of local authority expenditure on the payment of individual grants. The grant schemes, introduced in November 2007, are funded by 80% recoupment available from my Department together with a 20% contribution from the resources of the local authority. Allocations are made on a county-at-large basis. It is a matter for each local authority to determine how the funding is apportioned between the various grant measures.

In order to determine the capital allocations for 2012, my Department requested local authorities to submit details of their funding requirements under the grant schemes by 20 January, 2012. The information received is being examined at present and I intend to announce details of the capital allocations to local authorities for this year as soon as possible.

In 2011, my Department recouped a total of €1.7 million to Limerick County Council under the grant schemes. Information in relation to grant expenditure at sub-county level is not available in my Department.