Written answers

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Local Authority Funding

9:00 pm

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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Question 456: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount that has been granted to pensioners in County Meath for home improvements under the scheme of housing aid for older people for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8176/12]

Photo of Jan O'SullivanJan O'Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour)
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My Department’s involvement with the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability relates primarily to the recoupment of a proportion of local authority expenditure on the payment of individual grants. The grant schemes, introduced in November 2007, are funded by 80% recoupment available from my Department together with a 20% contribution from the resources of the local authority. It is a matter for each local authority to determine how the funding is apportioned between the various grant measures.

Details of recoupments to Meath County Council under each of the various grant measures for the period 2009 to date are set out in the following table:

YearHousing Adaptation Grant for People with a DisabilityHousing Aid for Older PeopleMobility Aids Grant
2009€47,125€227,666€10,160
2010€962,725€199,101€309,497
2011€741,758€395,919€47,263
2012NilNilNil

Allocations under the grant schemes for this year will be notified to local authorities as soon as possible after the publication of the 2012 Revised Estimates for Public Services. Information on the status of applicants, including information relating to those in receipt of pensions, is not available in my Department.

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