Stormont Environment Minister Mark H Durkan announced an increase in the funding for Derry City and Strabane District Council.
The extra funding of £417,478 is being made available to Derry City and Strabane Council for Rates Support. The Council will be also be able to claim from an additional £0.5million being given to Councils for Emergency Planning.
Speaking at the meeting of the Partnership Panel, Mark H Durkan said: “Whenever DOE’s budget was reduced last year, I had to reduce grants to Councils. I promised that I would try to find ways of addressing the difficulties that posed. This additional funding, as a result of good financial management and reprioritising within my department, now provides additional in-year money to less well off Councils through the Rates Support Grant.
“I recognise the valuable contribution Councils make to emergency planning and civil contingencies arrangements. Through the Emergency Planning Grant my department supports Councils in preparing emergency plans and responding to local emergencies in their districts. This extra £0.5 million will help councils to plan ahead to ensure they are fully prepared for the winter months ahead.
“I am certain that Derry City and Strabane District Council will welcome these additional funding and that it will to some extent ease the financial difficulties they have been facing over the last number of months.
“With continued prudent financial management and possible funds resulting from further departmental savings through the Voluntary Exit Scheme, I am hopeful that I may be able to consider further in-year allocations.”