Thursday, 19th November 2015

  • Cork City Council has not used all of the housing funding allocated to it by Government 

I have been in contact with the Minister’s office in recent weeks regarding the allocation of funding to both Cork City Council and Cork County Council. Between 2011 and 2014, this Government allocated €30 million to the City Council but, regrettably, not all those moneys were used.

The figures in this regard are indisputable:

  • €1 million for housing adaptation grants for older people and persons with a disability was not used
  • €2 million for housing construction and acquisitions was left unused
  • €3 million for energy efficiency measures was not drawn down

There is a huge contrast between the two Cork local authorities in this regard. Over the same four-year period, the County Council drew down €6 million more than it was allocated. An additional €2.3 million was given for housing adaptations and an extra €500,000 for the purpose of putting vacant units back in use.

I have contacted the CEOs of both councils about their use of these moneys. It is important that the City CEO, in particular, should answer those questions on behalf of the tens of thousands of people who are waiting to be housed and deserve better when it comes to efforts to tackle housing shortages.

In addition, the latest figures for 2015 provided to me by the Department give cause for concern, with significant sums still remaining to be drawn down. Maybe it will be done in the next few weeks. But we need to get an explanation as to what happened in the four-year period.

The people on the housing list in Cork deserve better than to see moneys available being returned to central government. They deserve better than seeing the money not being used.

 

 

 

Cork City Council 2011-2014 2015
  Allocation Not Drawndown Allocation Not

Drawndown

Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People with a disability 6,634,531 1,063,725 1,552,805 1,183,129
         
Adaptations & Extensions to Social Housing 780,746   538,493 538,493
         
Upgrading, refurbishment and reinstatement of vacant housing units 1,288,376   3,657,649 3,657,649
         
Housing construction and acquisitions 12,262,319 2,131,296    
         
Capital advance leasing 0      
         
Remedial Works Scheme 741,634 426,092 50,000 50,000
         
Energy efficiency measures (2008-2013 includes voids) 8,468,077 3,006,555 1,615,632 368,565
         
Totals 30,175,683 6,627,668 7,414,579 5,797,836

 

Cork County Council 2011-2014 2015
Allocation Not Drawndown Allocation Not Drawndown
Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People with a disability 17,741,089 0 3,925,585 2,415,761
Adaptations & Extensions to Social Housing 858,114 0 554,019 554,019
Upgrading, refurbishment and reinstatement of vacant housing units 962,910 0 1,406,879 1,086,451
Housing construction and acquisitions 15,540,852 0
Capital advance leasing 0 0
Remedial Works Scheme 1,778,044 0
Energy efficiency measures (2008-2013 includes voids) 4,240,860 0 1,867,674 1,682,309
Totals 41,121,869 0 7,754,157 5,738,540