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Housing Schemes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 30 September 2021

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Questions (185)

Claire Kerrane

Question:

185. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he will re-examine the amount available to applicants under the housing adaption grants given the increase in building materials in order that the amounts awarded better reflect the costs of such works for older people and persons with a disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47287/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Funding of €75 million is available nationally in 2021 for the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability Scheme. This funding has increased year on year since 2014. As part of the annual budgetary process, consideration will be given to this funding in future years in line with the Programme for Government commitments and the Policy Statement on Housing Options for Our Ageing Population, 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/

As detailed in Housing for All, housing policy objectives 6 and 7 give a commitment to undertaking a review of the range of housing grants available to assist with meeting specific housing needs both for our ageing population and people with a disability. Officials from my Department will begin a review of the existing grant limits and income thresholds applicable to the grant schemes later this year.

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