Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (68)

Willie O'Dea


68. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the funding provided this year for the provision of security and warning equipment to the elderly; the proposed allocation for next year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44878/13]

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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 personal monitored alarms to enable older persons, of limited 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. 

The maximum grants for equipment are as follows:

- Monitored personal alarms (with pendant) - €250

- Additional pendant/Re-installation - €50 

The funding allocated to the Seniors Alert Scheme in 2013 is €2.35m and this provision has been maintained in the Budget for 2014.

Question No. 69 answered with Question No. 31.
Question No. 70 answered with Question No. 48.