CSO among a number of state agencies running out of funding

The Central Statistics Office is among a number of agencies and government departments close to running out of their allocated funding.

Ministers have been told the Dáil will have to meet soon to approve a final tranche of funding as a number of agencies are close to spending the money they have so far been allocated this year.

Funding for the CSO is particularly urgent as it has front-loaded its budget to fund the Census. Public bodies and departments are allocated four-fifths of their budget each year and a vote of TDs must be taken to approve the final segment.

However, a number of agencies are now close to spending this initial allocation four months into the year. This means that despite a lack of government the Dáil will have to vote on allocating the final amounts.

A government spokesman said the CSO has enough funding to pay for Census forms and for staff hired to act as enumerators; however, they will be in severe need of the final allocation of funding after this.

The appeals commissioner is also expected to have reached the four-fifths allocation by May or June. The Department of Finance as well as the Departments of Arts and Children will have spent their current allocation by August or September the spokesman added.

Ministers were also briefed on Brexit at yesterday’s cabinet meeting at the request of acting Tánaiste Joan Burton.

Acting Environment Minister Alan Kelly brought a report which details the measures taken to address the housing and homeless crisis to cabinet before it was published yesterday afternoon.

The report stated policy changes and programmes will “take time to have the desired effect on the housing sector; given the significant lag time that is associated with housing delivery”.

In his foreword, Mr Kenny said the incoming government has a responsibility to continue to implement the Social Housing Strategy 2015-2020, and “to continue to ramp up the delivery of social housing that has already begun”. The Dáil also discussed the housing crisis last night.


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