Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (615)

Niall Collins

Question:

615. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will address a matter regarding the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16138/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department provides funding to local authorities to implement the Housing Adaptation Grant Scheme for Older People and People with a Disability in private houses. The detailed administration of the scheme, including the assessment, approval and payment of individual grants to applicants, is the responsibility of the relevant local authority. 

The scheme is more sharply focused towards lower income households with the greatest needs. A means test applies to the scheme in order to achieve fairness and value for money in its operation. The current income limits for the scheme were last reviewed and amended in 2014, arising from the recommendations of a review group, which included consultations with organisations such as the Irish Wheelchair Association, the National Disability Authority, Ataxia Ireland and the Irish Society for Autism. Local authorities will always work with qualifying applicants to ensure they get the most beneficial result in line with their financial circumstances. 

I understand from the relevant local authority that they do not have an application from the person in question but it is open to them to engage with the local authority in that regard.