Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (412)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy


412. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if funding will be made available to enable senior alert schemes to provide carbon monoxide alarms to the disabled and the elderly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12857/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Seniors Alert Scheme provides grant assistance towards the purchase and installation of equipment to enable older persons, without sufficient means, to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind. The Scheme provides for monitored personal alarms for persons over 65 years of age living on their own or with other qualifying persons. In the current economic climate, the Department’s priority is to continue to provide for the maximum number of personal monitored alarms to as many older persons as possible in 2013. I have no plans at present to extend the measure to carbon monoxide monitors.