Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (675)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

675. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if funding will be made available to Dublin City Council to progress an application by a person (details supplied) under the adaptions scheme for persons with disabilities. [5686/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department provides funding under the Disabled Persons Grants (DPG) scheme to local authorities for adaptations and extensions to their existing social housing stock to meet the needs of local authority tenants. The scheme applies to adaptations that are necessary to address the needs of older people or people with a disability who may require stair-lifts, grab-rails, showers, wet-rooms, ramps, etc. It also provides funding for extensions such as the installation of a downstairs bedroom or bathroom or in the case of overcrowding.

My Department will shortly be issuing a call to all local authorities requesting their funding requirements in respect of the DPG scheme for 2019. It should be noted that works can take place throughout the year to allow for the full utilisation of the annual funding allocation to each local authority and, to facilitate this and to ensure that there is no delay in respect of priority works under the programme, local authorities may undertake works up to a maximum value of 65% of their previous year's allocation in advance of notification of the current year's allocation.

It is a matter for all local authorities, including Dublin City Council, to prioritise the works required under this scheme and to assess individual applications in that context.