Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Questions (245)

Carol Nolan


245. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will restore housing adaptation grants funding to 2010 levels; and if he will make provision of an additional €28.38 million for these grants. [40040/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The funding provided for the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability Scheme, to support people living in private houses, has increased year on year since 2014. Compared to a funding level of €43 million in 2013, the funding provided reached €71.25 million nationally in 2019, an increase of some 8% on 2018. I am conscious of the benefit accruing from these grants, particularly in terms of facilitating older people and people with a disability, to remain living independently in their own homes.  As part of the annual budgetary process, consideration will be given in future years to increasing further the funding for these grants in line with both Rebuilding Ireland and the Government's Policy Statement on Housing Options for Our Ageing Population, which is available on my Department's website at the following link: