Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (254)

Sorca Clarke

Question:

254. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the estimated annual cost if the budget for housing adaptation grants for older persons and persons with disability was increased by 5%. [2927/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

In 2021, a total of €75 million is available for the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability Scheme, in respect of private houses. This is made up of €60 million Exchequer funding, with the balance of €15 million in local authority contributions. The suite of grants include the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability, the Mobility Aids Grant and the Housing Aid for Older People.

Increasing funding by 5% would cost an additional €3 million to the Exchequer, with a further €750,000 to be contributed by the local authorities.

Further consideration will be given to this funding over the coming years in the context of the range of housing supports and provisions available and also considering the Housing Options for Our Ageing Population - Policy Statement (Actions 4.1/4.2), which is available on my Department's website at the following link:

www.gov.ie/en/publication/ea33c1-housing-options-for-our-ageing-population-policy-statement/.