To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the cost to local authorities of continuous maintenance of local authority housing in 2011 and 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government (Ms. J. O’Sullivan)
Under section 58 of the Housing Act 1966, the management and maintenance of the local authority housing stock, including the carrying out of routine and planned maintenance programmes to properties and estates, is the responsibility of the relevant housing authority. Housing and estate maintenance programmes are funded directly by local authorities from their own resources, including from rental income and receipts from the disposal of properties and sales of houses to tenants.
It is a matter for each local authority to determine its own spending priorities in the context of the annual budgetary process having regard to both locally identified needs and available resources. The adoption of an authority’s annual budget is a reserved function.