Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Questions (413)

Patrick Nulty


489 Deputy Patrick Nulty asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the reason an application for a pendant alarm under the seniors alert scheme was refused in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7; if the decision can be urgently reviewed and the application granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21885/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

There is no universal entitlement to grant assistance under the Seniors Alert Scheme. It is the responsibility of the Applicant Group to assess the eligibility of the beneficiary for grant support. The beneficiary must be 65 years of age, and live alone or with another eligible person within the operational area of the Applicant Group. Grant assistance is not available for people under 65 years of age or for older persons living with family members. In this case the person concerned is ineligible for grant support as she lives with a family member who is under 65.