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Housing Grants

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 16 December 2010

Thursday, 16 December 2010

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Noel Ahern

Ceist:

320 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding the housing adaption grant scheme, if the maximum of €30,000 is a national rule or set by individual local authorities; if it is for each grant application or worked on a cumulative basis; if a grant claimed five years ago should be treated separately or added to current application; if local authorities have flexibility on such matters; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48016/10]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Under the terms of the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability, which is administered by the local authorities, grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability to have necessary adaptations, repairs or improvement works carried out in order to make their accommodation more suitable for their needs and to facilitate the continued occupancy of their own homes. Details of the amounts payable under this grant scheme are set out in the Housing (Adaptation Grants for Older People with a Disability) Regulations, 2007.

The need for a second grant should not generally occur where the Local Authority and the applicant ensure that the initial grant-aided works are properly executed and are appropriate to the current and future needs of the applicant. However, the payment of a second grant may be appropriate in certain cases where the applicant's needs have changed substantially over time. There is no legal bar to the payment of a second grant in such circumstances.

A grant paid five years ago under the old Disabled Persons Grant Scheme should not be used to determine the extent of grant eligible works or the amount of grant payable under any new application under the Housing Adaptation Grant Scheme.

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