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Hogan, Phil

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 Nbr. 1


Leaders’ Questions

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Written Answers - Local Authority Charges

Was asked: when a receipt will be issued to a person (details supplied) in County Laois in respect of their payment of the household charge for 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 provides for the issue of a receipt in respect of the payment of a household change. The provision of a receipt for this purpose is a matter for th...More Button

Was asked: if the household charge is payable in cases in which the bond is still held by a local authority due to unfinished works or when there is a request to be renew the bond because of unfinished works;...More Button

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 and the Local Government (Household Charge) Regulations 2012 provide the legislative basis for the household charge. More Button

The Act provides for a number of exemptions and waivers from payment of the household charge.More Button

The exemptions from payment of the household charge are — Residential properties that are part of the trading stock of a business and have not been sold or been the source of any income since...More Button

The waivers which apply concern owners of residential property entitled to mortgage interest supplement, and owners of houses in certain unfinished housing estates.More Button

As part of the process of preparing the National Housing Development Survey 2011, published by my Department in October 2011, local authorities provided details of all unfinished housing developmen...More Button

Other relevant factors for the purposes of the categorisation process include, inter alia: the state of completion of roads, footpaths, public lighting facilities, piped water and sewerage f...More Button

In some cases a local authority may have found that conditions in respect of a certain phase of a development were relatively good and that, for example, no serious public safety issues could be id...More Button

This categorisation formed the basis for the list of those unfinished developments eligible for a waiver on the annual household charge.More Button

Only households in developments in categories three and four are eligible for the waiver from payment of the household charge. This list of developments in which households are eligible for the wai...More Button

Was asked: the number of households that have registered for the €100 household charge to date, in tabular form, under the following headings and broken down by local authority area: paid €100 in fu...More Button

The Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 and the Local Government (Household Charge) Regulations 2012 provide the legislative basis for the household charge. Under the legislation, an owne...More Button

The Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) is administering the household charge system on a shared service/agency basis for all county and city councils. I understand, from data provided by the...More Button

Written Answers - Water Services

Was asked: the guidelines that will govern the new septic tank inspection process; if any courses are available for persons wishing to start up a small business conducting the necessary remedial works to sept...More Button

The Water Services (Amendment) Act 2012 provides that the Environmental Protection Agency will draw up a national plan for the inspection of on-site wastewater treatment systems and each local auth...More Button

I intend to carry out a public consultation on draft performance standards for domestic wastewater treatment systems which are being finalised by my Department in consultation with the EPA. These s...More Button

Was asked: the way unemployed plumbers may access or apply for water metering jobs. More Button

The Government has indicated its intention to commence the installation of water meters in households connected to public water supplies later in 2012. This will facilitate moving to a charging s...More Button

It is envisaged that the metering programme will create up to 2,000 jobs per annum over a three-year period and that installation contracts will be awarded to a significant number of private contra...More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Was asked: if housing authorities are permitted to ask a person to prove that they do not own property in another country even though it is not part of the application form; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues

Was asked: the timeframe, if any, that exists for decisions to be made by An Bord Pleanála in respect of deliberations into the planning and route selection of new roads being commissioned by the Natio...More Button

Written Answers - Local Government Reform

Was asked: if he will give details of his plans to reform local government through the abolition of town councils, a reduction in the number of county councils and a cut in the number of councillors; if he wi...More Button

The Programme for Government includes a commitment to a fundamental reorganisation of local government structures. Decisions have already been taken to merge the city/county councils in Limerick an...More Button

Building on these early actions, I intend to bring wider policy proposals to Government in the near future for an action programme on local government, with particular attention being given to stre...More Button

The reform programme will also reflect work under way in relation to alignment of local and community development with local government, efficiency implementation and development of a system of loc...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: the number of agencies, authorities, boards, committees, workings groups, tribunals, council services, task forces, agencies, or other quangos set up by him since February 2011; the number abolishe...More Button

Since my appointment in March 2011 the following have been established by my Department:More Button

A review Group for the Environmental Protection Agency presented its report to me in May 2011.More Button

An Independent Group to review staffing levels in Dublin City Council presented its report to me in July 2011.More Button

As part of a rigorous appraisal of the State Agencies under the aegis of my Department, the overall number of agencies is being reduced from 21 to 12.More Button

In this regard:More Button

The agency rationalisation/efficiency agenda will be kept under review, taking account of the Public Service Reform Plan, insofar as other agencies under my Department’s aegis are concerned.More Button