From: Kieran O’Donnell TD
Monday 1st March 2021
Limerick & Tipperary Councils to receive funding of €2.8M & €2.6m for Housing Adaptation Grants – O’Donnell
Limerick City & County Council and Tipperary County Council will receive funding to provide home adaptations for older people and those living with disability and mobility issues, Fine Gael Limerick & North Tipperary TD Kieran O’Donnell has said.
Deputy O’Donnell said, “I am delighted that my colleagues, Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Peter Burke TD, and Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD have announced a €75m national overall fund for Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability.
“These grants are important as they help our older citizens and those with disabilities and mobility issues in Limerick to remain living independently in their own homes for longer should they wish and will also facilitate early return from hospital.
“The grants are 80% funded from the exchequer by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with 20% funding from the relevant local authority, being €2,754,000 and €688,500 respectively, with a combined total funding for Limerick of €3,442,500 (See Note to the Editor below).
“Limerick City & County Council will have available a combined total of €3,442,500 to support people in Limerick with the repairs and other adaptations they need to live in their homes, which is most welcome.
“In Tipperary, the grants are 80% funded from the exchequer by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with 20% funding from the relevant local authority, being €2,617,436 and €654,359 respectively, giving a combined total funding for Tipperary of €3,271,795 (See Note to the Editor below).
“Tipperary County Council will have available a combined total of €3,271,795 to support people in Tipperary with the repairs and other adaptations they need to live in their homes, which is most also most welcome
Grants of up to €30,000 are available to help people with a disability in carrying out works required to make a house more suitable for their needs, up to €8,000 to assist older people to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out and up to €6,000 for mobility aids.
Deputy O’Donnell concluded “These grants can help create employment opportunities for builders and businesses in Limerick and help reduce the dependency on our health services by supporting independent living for as long as possible.
“Minister O’Brien also stated that while the current shutdown in construction activity remains in place, people should know that housing adaptation works can continue with the consent of the homeowner and once public health guidelines are adhered to.”
Announcing the funding, Minister Burke said, “I am pleased that funding for our Local Authorities to administer this scheme has been increasing year on year since 2014. This shows the importance that is attached to the scheme and the Government’s commitment to older people and those with a disability.
“These grants have an huge impact on the quality of life of the many beneficiaries and play a vitally important role in helping people with a disability and people who are reaching an age in life when they are less mobile, to continue to live independently in their own homes.
“As Minister of State with responsibility for housing for older people and people with a disability, I am fully committed to assisting individuals to stay in their own homes and within their own communities for as long as possible and these allocations today will facilitate this goal for many” he concluded.
Note to the Editor:
List of funding to local authorities:
|Local Authority||EXCHEQUER FUNDING (80%)||LA FUNDING (20%)||COMBINED TOTAL|
|Limerick City & County||€2,754,000||€688,500||€3,442,500|
|Waterford City & County||€1,662,000||€415,500||€2,077,500|