Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Charlie O'Connor

Question:

296 Mr. O'Connor asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the Tallaght home help group in respect of its services which are of great benefit to the local community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10686/03]

My Department has been in contact with the Eastern Regional Health Authority in relation to the activities of the Tallaght home help group. The authority has provided my Department with the following information in relation to the group.

January2003

February2003

Number of home help hours provided

4,564

4,608

Number of people in receipt of home help

409

412

Cost of home help hours per month

€64,332.22

€64,930.34

The authority has advised that it is not aware of any particular difficulties with this service in the Tallaght area.