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Ahern, Noel

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 1

Written Answers. - Housing Grants.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 447 and 458 together.More Button

The information requested is set out in the following tables:More Button

*The latest date for which figures are available.More Button

*The latest date for which figures are available.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 455, 457 and 461 together.More Button

The termination of the new house grant scheme, which was announced on 14 November 2002, arose from the necessity, in the context of the 2003 Estimates, for the Government to ensure a sustainable ma...More Button

In the context of terminating the new house grant, the Government has sought to ensure fair treatment first by ensuring that all applications approved or pending in my Department will, subject to t...More Button

The payment of a booking deposit which is “subject to contract” does not constitute a contract and is, therefore, excluded from the above arrangements.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

The results of the assessments of local authority housing need carried out in March 2002 indicated some 2,118 households in need of local authority housing in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, 1,769 i...More Button

Assessments of local authority housing needs are undertaken on a triennial basis and the results of the assessment carried out by local authorities in March 2002 were published recently. The previo...More Button

The number of houses completed/ acquired by Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny Borough Council under their local authority housing programmes for the years 1997 to 2001 and to the end of June 20...More Button

House completions-acquisitions for both authorities for the full year 2002 will be published in my Department's annual housing statistics bulletin.More Button

The Knocknaheeny master plan involves proposals for the refurbishment of over 500 housing units, the demolition of 90 units and the provision of a further 340 new housing units along with improveme...More Button

Written Answers. - Homeless Persons.

An Agreed Programme for Government contains a commitment to ensure that homelessness is tackled in a co-ordinated manner in all parts of the country and that the comprehensive homeless strategies n...More Button

One of the key requirements of the Government's integrated strategy on homelessness was that local three year action plans would be drawn up by homeless fora, with representatives of the local auth...More Button

A wide range of additional accommodation, ranging from emergency night shelter accommodation to long-term sheltered accommodation to enable homeless persons move out of emergency accommodation into...More Button

Substantial additional funding has been made available as part of the homeless strategy. Capital funding for the direct provision by local authorities of accommodation for homeless persons is bein...More Button

The prevention of homelessness is also being addressed. The main aim of the homeless preventative strategy, which was launched in February 2002, is to ensure that no one is released from any type o...More Button

The implementation of both the integrated and preventative strategies is being monitored by the cross-Department team on homelessness with a view to identifying and addressing any obstacles to prog...More Button

The most recent assessment of housing needs, which included a count of the number of homeless persons, was carried out by local authorities at the end of March this year. The data in relation to lo...More Button

My Department is currently finalising figures in relation to the total number of persons who have been assessed as homeless in each local authority area and this information will be published short...More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Value for Money Report No. 36 – November 2000 – by the Comptroller and Auditor General, in relation to the special housing aid for the elderly scheme, concluded that the scheme represen...More Button

The scheme was established in 1982 as a pilot scheme to provide assistance to improve the housing conditions of elderly persons living alone in unfit or insanitary conditions. In recognition of the...More Button

Question No. 457 answered with Question No. 455.More Button

Question No. 458 answered with Question No. 447.More Button

Written Answers. - Rented Dwellings Register.

Responsibility for enforcing the Housing (Registration of Rented Houses) Regulations, 1996, rests with local authorities, who have been advised by my Department of the need to put in place effectiv...More Button

Question No. 461 answered with Question No. 455.More Button

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Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

As the administration of the disabled person's grant scheme is a matter for local authorities the information sought is not directly available in my Department. The most recent information received...More Button

The capital allocation for the payment of house purchase and improvement loans, disabled persons and essential repair grants notified to South Dublin County Council in 2000, 2001 and 2002 was &euro...More Button

Written Answers. - Urban Renewal Schemes.

My Department currently sponsors three tax incentive based schemes: the urban and town renewal schemes and a living over the shop scheme. Designations under the schemes were notified to relevant lo...More Button

The urban renewal scheme commenced in March 1999 in the five major cities and in 38 large towns. The termination date for the scheme has been extended to end 2004. Significant progress has been mad...More Button

The town renewal scheme commenced in July 2000 in 100 smaller towns and is due to expire at the end of 2003. The living over the shop (LOTS) scheme commenced in April 2001 and is operating in desig...More Button

While monitoring data on the schemes is submitted to my Department periodically, information in relation to any specific area may more appropriately be sought from the local authorities concerned w...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Applications.

In 2002 the scheme of grants to voluntary and community groups was announced on 14 January with a closing date of 22 February. Applications to this scheme are still being processed in addition to m...More Button

As has been the tradition in previous years, details of all the grants paid to voluntary and community groups by my Department in 2002 will be made available in the Oireachtas Library for the infor...More Button

Written Answers. - Dormant Accounts.

The main purpose of the Dormant Accounts Act, 2001, is to reunite account holders with their dormant funds in credit institutions, that is banks, building societies and An Post. If the owners of ac...More Button

Since the legislation was enacted in July 2001 significant progress has been made in relation to implementing the Act. The Dormant Accounts Fund Disbursements Board, which comes under the aegis of ...More Button

The first transfer of funds from credit institutions to the dormant accounts fund is due to take place at the end of April 2003. It is only then that the amount of money available to the fund will ...More Button

The purposes for which disbursements can be made are set out in the Act. These include programmes or projects to assist persons who are economically, educationally or socially disadvantaged, person...More Button

The Unclaimed Life Assurance Policies Bill, 2002, which is currently before the Oireachtas is intended to provide another source of funding for the dormant accounts fund.More Button