Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Ceisteanna (159)

Seán Ryan

Ceist:

246 Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if, in 2002 or other years, he approved grants under the community support for older people to a company (details supplied) for the replacement of equipment previously supplied by another company (details supplied) and grant aided by her Department; and, if so, the details of the scheme and the grant given. [6192/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs)

The purpose of the scheme of community support for older people is to provide funding for initiatives to improve the security of vulnerable older people.

Grants are paid directly to the locally based organisations. No grants are paid to individuals or alarm companies under this scheme.

Under the terms of the 2003 scheme, grant aid was made available towards the once-off costs of purchase and/or installation of small-scale physical security equipment and socially monitored alarm systems. In 2003, for the first time since the scheme was introduced, funding was made available towards the cost of replacement, where socially monitored alarms previously installed under this scheme were broken.

The relevant local organisation has responsibility for the purchase and installation of the security equipment and my Department has no direct involvement in this aspect of the scheme.