Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (417)

Finian McGrath

Question:

417. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will confirm the number of applications received for the seniors alert scheme in 2011 and the number of grants awarded. [30168/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Seniors Alert Scheme aims to encourage community support for vulnerable older people in our communities by providing 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 is administered by local community and voluntary groups with the support of my Department. There were 1,081 applications received for the Seniors Alert Scheme in 2011, with 911 grants awarded.