Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1428)

David Cullinane

Question:

1428. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if local council officials can override or ignore recommendations in cases in which an application is lodged with a local council for a housing adaptation grant and recommendations are made by an occupational therapist when deciding on the type of grant ultimately awarded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14120/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The local authorities have responsibility for the detailed administration of the Housing Adaptation Grants scheme for Older People and People with a Disability, which includes the assessment, approval and payment of grants to applicants under the various measures. While an occupational therapist report informs a local authority's assessment of a grant application, the final decision on the works approved and the most appropriate type of grant for the applicant's needs, rests with the Council.