Thursday, 8 July 2021

Ceisteanna (192)

Charles Flanagan

Ceist:

192. Deputy Charles Flanagan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he will consider putting a mechanism in place to allow local authorities to exercise discretion in approving housing adaptation grants for persons with a disability particularly for those with severe medical conditions which would allow for expenses to be factored into circumstances in which the income threshold is exceeded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36885/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department provides funding to local authorities so as to enable them administer the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability scheme. These schemes assist eligible applicants living in privately owned homes to make their accommodation more suitable for their needs.

The schemes are means tested and operate on a sliding scale with the highest percentage grants available to those with the lowest incomes and vice versa. Grant assistance is not available to applicants whose household income, after disregards and deductions, exceeds €60,000 per annum. Local authorities must adhere to the income thresholds set down by the regulations, so that the funding is focused on those households who need it most. My Department will commence a review, this year, of the means test criteria and maximum grant limits applicable to the housing adaptation grants.

Local authorities, in administering the scheme, should always work with qualifying applicants to ensure they get the most beneficial outcome possible in line with their financial circumstances.

Further detail on these schemes is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.ie/en/service/6636c-housing-adaptation-grants-for-older-people-and-people-with-a-disability/