13th September 2017
€283,666 funding secured for Disabled Persons Grant Scheme in Kerry
€283,666 funding has been secured for the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme in Kerry, according to Minister of State at the Department of Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.
The Disabled Persons Grant Scheme provides funding for extensions and adaptations to existing Social Housing Stock such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, wet rooms, etc. The scheme also provides extensions in cases of overcrowding.
In addition, the scheme provides funding for Improvement Works in Lieu in order to improve or extend privately owned accommodation where the occupant is already approved for social housing, reducing the strain on current social housing stock.
Minister Griffin said: “I am delighted to announce that Kerry will benefit from €283,666 in funding through the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme.
“Some €255,299 will be paid by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, with an additional €28,367 coming from Kerry County Council.
“This will greatly improve the housing conditions for those living with disabilities and addresses issues of overcrowding in existing social housing stock, while Improvement Works in Lieu provide an alternative to social housing for approved social housing applicants currently in private accommodation.
“I am very pleased my Fine Gael colleague Minister Eoghan Murphy has allocated funding of a total of €12million nationally under this scheme.
“The Minister has assured me he will continue to keep the scheme under review and will consider providing further funding later in the year if the need arises.
“Fine Gael in Government is committed to creating a Republic of Opportunity by offering a helping hand when it’s needed and breaking down the barriers that stop people getting a fair chance.”
For further information please contact Brendan on 087-6528841
Note to Editors
· In order to ensure that work by Local Authorities on housing adaptations and extensions on local authority stock could continue uninterrupted in 2017, all Local Authorities were informed earlier in the year that they could undertake works up to a maximum value of 65% of their 2016 allocation in advance of specific approval of the 2017 allocation. This allowed them to plan and progress works under the scheme over the full year and will facilitate the full utilisation of their 2017 allocations.