15 March 2012

Fitzgerald Welcomes over €2.7 million for House Adaption Grants for Older People and People with Disabilities

Government awards €2,728,308 to South Dublin County Council for 2012

Local Minister and TD, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the provision of €2,728, 308 for South Dublin County Council. This capital will directly fund the improvement and adaptation of private homes of older people and people with a disability.

“These support grants have a major impact on the quality of life for the recipients, and I have seen first-hand how these grants have helped people throughout Clondalkin and Lucan,” said Fitzgerald.

The allocation is part of a capital provision of €67.75m to local authorities across the country announced by Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan. Announcing the allocations, Minister O’Sullivan said, “I am delighted to be able to secure this level of funding for the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability in spite of the severe constraints on the public finances in these challenging economic times”.

Last year almost 12,000 grants were paid out under these schemes by the various local authorities around the country. Grants of up to €30,000 are available for improvement works and extensions to facilitate a person with a disability. There is also a specific grant for older people which provides up to €10,500 to assist householders to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out to their homes. In addition, the Mobility Aids Grants scheme can provide up to €6,000 for works to address mobility problems through the provision of stairlifts and level-access showers etc

“Supporting independent living is one of the key priorities of the Government’s new Housing Strategy for People with a Disability. I am confident that this allocation will help those in need as well as showing this Government’s continued commitment to protecting the most vulnerable in our society,” concluded Fitzgerald.