Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (277, 278)

John McGuinness

Question:

418 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if there is a group or association funded by his Department which would provide a pendant alarm for persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if there is a grant for which they can apply. [24987/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs)

Under the scheme of community supports for older people, grant aid is available towards the once-off costs of purchase and-or installation of small-scale physical security equipment and socially monitored alarm systems. I have asked my officials to make the necessary arrangements in respect of an application for a pendant alarm and I understand that the local family resource centre will shortly contact the people referred to by the Deputy. Once the application is received, it will be assessed for eligibility against the scheme criteria. It is anticipated that the successful applicants will be notified early in December.

John McGuinness

Question:

419 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if a claim for payment under the alarms for the elderly scheme submitted in 2003 to his Department will be awarded in view of the fact that the SEHB has honoured its commitment for 2003; and if the application forms and scheme details for groups and communities will be sent to a person (details supplied) as soon as possible. [24989/04]

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Under the scheme of community supports for older people, grant aid is available towards the once-off costs of purchase and-or installation of small-scale physical security equipment and socially monitored alarm systems. It is a condition of the scheme that approval must be received in advance from the Department before any work is carried out. Department records indicate that the last application under this scheme from the group in question was received in respect of the 2001 scheme. In October of that year a grant of £5,400, €6,856.59, was paid to this group by the then Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs, which was then responsible for the scheme. An application form and guidelines in respect of the 2004 scheme have been sent to the person referred to in the Deputy's question.