€200 million for local authority housing will reduce waiting lists in Cork and create jobs – Buttimer

Wednesday, 1st April 2015

  • €200 million allocated for local authority housing in Cork.
  • Funding forms part of the Government’s €3.8 billion social housing strategy announced last November. 

In Cork, over €200 million has been allocated to the City and County Councils for local authority housing. This will greatly reduce waiting lists and provides hope for the thousands of families who are waiting for suitable housing.

Cork City Council is to receive €124 million for local authority housing which is expected to meet 21% of housing needs in the City. The County area is to receive over €80 million, which is expected to meet 25% of the total demand. This is not even including the Housing Assistance Payment which will help to further reduce demand on our housing waiting list.

Along with all local authorities, both Councils in Cork have been asked to bring forward the housing unit targets and specific building projects it has planned for now to 2017. As part of the strategy, targets had to be agreed with each local authority in 2015. It is expected that this funding will help create 2,566 housing units in Cork City and County.

In total across the country, over €1.5 billion will be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes by local authorities designed to accommodate 25% of those currently on the housing waiting lists in social housing. Approximately 300 separate building proposals by local authorities are currently being assessed by the Department of Environment and will be announced in a number of phases starting this month. Construction is already underway for social housing in approximately 33 sites throughout the country.

Across Cork this funding will help to create and sustain approximately 1,600 jobs in the construction sector which was so badly affected by the economic crash of recent years. This is a really important part of the Government’s plan to spread job creation and economic recovery to all counties around Ireland so that everyone can feel the benefit.

Local Authority

Provisional Funding Allocation

Targets 2015 – 2017

Impact on Housing Need Assessment Numbers %

Approx Jobs Figures

Cork City Council

124,390,671

1349

21%

995

Cork County Council

80,555,618

1217

25%

644

National Total

1,505,351,200

22,882

12043

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Development, Douglas, Employment, Environment, National Work

Parliamentary Question: Mental Health Services Provision

Question to the Minister for Health (Leo Varadkar, TD)

To ask the Minister for Health to set out the total amount allocated each year from 2011 to date in 2015 to mental health services; if he will provide details of the intended development of mental health services over the next three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on Tuesday, 20 January 2015.

REPLY

In line with the Programme for Government, my priority as Minister has been to modernise our mental health services, notwithstanding the severe resource constraints overall in recent years, and to prioritise new resources to underpin implementation of A Vision for Change. In that regard, the Government has provided an additional €125 million and some 1,150 posts for mental health comprising €35m with 416 posts in 2012, €35m with 477 posts in 2013, €20m for the recruitment of approximately 200 – 250 posts in 2014 and a further €35 million in 2015. The funding is being used to continue to strengthen Community Mental Health Teams for both adults and children, to enhance specialist community mental health services for older people with a mental illness, those with an intellectual disability and mental illness, forensic mental health services, and to enhance access counselling and psychotherapy in primary care and investment in suicide prevention measures.

 

Details of the overall gross non-capital mental health budget are published annually in the Revised Book of Estimates. Based on that information, the following table details the mental health budget for each of the years 2011 – 2015 inclusive:

2011 2012 2013 2014 Estimated Provision 2015
€712m €711m €737m €766m €791.8m

 

 

The HSE will, over the next number of years, continue to develop our Child and Adolescent, Adult, Forensic and Specialist mental health services, in line with A Vision for Change. Key priorities identified in the HSE 2015 Service Plan for this year and beyond include:

 

- Improve the performance of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS);

 

- Build on the investment in mental health services for General Adult, CAMHS, Psychiatry of Old Age, Liaison and Rehabilitation and Recovery, including appropriate 24/7 contact and response;

 

- Continue to build on the investment in community based mental health services in Mental Health Intellectual Disability and services for homeless mentally ill;

 

- Develop and implement a process to maximise the allocation of resources on an equitable basis aligned to population and deprivation.

 

Posted under Development, Health, Parliamentary Questions

Parliamentary Question: Schools Building Projects Administration

Question the Minister for Education and Skills (Ms. Jan O’Sullivan, TD)

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the school building projects, including extensions and new builds, undertaken in Cork by her Department in each of the past four years; the total amount of money spent on each project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the school building projects, including extensions and new builds, planned to be undertaken in County Cork over the next three years; the total amount of money allocated to each project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For written answer on Thursday, 15 January 2015.

REPLY

The current status of all projects, including those in Cork, may be viewed on my Department’s website at www.education.ie and this will be updated regularly throughout the year.

 

The Deputy will be aware that the 5 year School Plan announced in March 2012, together with the schools announced in June 2013 under the Government’s “investment in Infrastructure & Jobs” package and the schools included in the 2015 construction programme, details the major school projects, including those for Cork, that will commence construction over the duration of my Department’s €2 billion capital investment programme (2012-2016). The primary aim at the core of my Department’s c   construction  programme is focussed on meeting demographic demands to ensure that every child will have access to a physical school place and that our school system is in a position to cope with increasing pupil numbers. In the case of Cork, 43 school projects are listed to proceed to tender and construction over the duration of the programme.

 

For the Deputy’s convenience a list is attached containing details of all Cork major school building projects that have been completed in each of the past four years and the funding allocated in the case of each of these projects. As the Deputy will be aware, all publicly funded projects are subject to public procurement guidelines and a competitive tender process. In that context it is not possible to publish funding allocations until projects are completed.

 

In addition to these major projects, my Department also approves funding on an on-going basis for devolved projects under the Additional Accommodation Scheme in response to applications from schools for funding to meet an immediate accommodation requirement because of increased enrolments and where an additional teacher is being appointed. In addition, the Deputy will be aware of the funding provided under the Prefab Replacement Initiative to replace prefabs with permanent classroom and resource rooms accommodation. Details of schools approved, including those in Cork, can also be found on my Department’s website and are updated regularly.

 

My Department is currently analysing demographic data on a nationwide basis, including the Cork area, to determine where additional school accommodation might be needed from 2015 onwards and to ensure that this is provided in a timely manner.

Table 1: New schools completed

Roll Number

School

Year

Expenditure

1

20354A

Cara Jnr School, Mayfield

2014

5,419,321.92

2

20435A

St Joseph’s NS & St John’s NS, Kinsale

2014

3,218,420.36

3

17609A

Rathcormac NS, Rathcormac

2013

2,732,114.63

4

20006A

Gaelscoil Chloich na Coillte, Clonakilty

2013

4,212,891.82

5

20310D

Carrigaline ETNS, Carrigaline

2013

4,351,964.58

6

81008W

Ashton Comprehensive School, Blackrock Road

2013

8,843,587.42

7

13450F

Rushbrooke NS, Cobh

2012

4,751,031.04

8

16746S

Ballygarvan NS, Ballygarvan

2012

3,215,161.09

9

17667E

SN Pádraig Naofa, Whitechurch

2012

2,996,470.78

10

19839R

Gaelscoil Uí Riordán, Ballincollig

2012

4,396,306.14

11

20001N

Gaelscoil Bheanntrai, Bantry

2011

PPP Bundle 2

12

20105C

Star of the Sea Primary School, Passage West

2011

3,147,808.90

13

76090G

Bantry Community College, Bantry

2011

PPP Bundle 2

 

Table 2: Large scale extensions completed

Roll Number

School

Year

Expenditure

1

17600S

SN na Scairte Leithe, Saleen, Cloyne, Midleton

2014

3,672,540.57

2

19351K

SN Cill Criodain, Ladysbridge

2014

2,386,167.47

3

62690E

Mhuire, 2 Sydney Place, Wellington Road

2014

2,017,350.37

4

91388S

Carrigaline CS, Waterpark Road, Carrigaline

2014

7,435,897.42

5

20106E

Scoil Nioclais, Frankfield, Grange

2014

6,027,025.65

6

20335T

Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Rochestown

2013

2,634,256.76

7

18279A

St. Mary’s NS, Waterpark, Carrigaline

2012

779,309.29

 

 

 

Posted under Development, Education, Parliamentary Questions