Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Housing Adaptation Grant
600. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his plans to reverse the cutbacks to the housing adaptation grants for older persons and persons with a disability scheme; if adequate finances will be provided to county councils to fund the housing grant schemes for 2019; the allocation in respect of housing adaptations grant for older persons and persons with a disability for each year since 2015 to the most recent allocation to Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal county councils; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15312/19]
There have been no recent cutbacks to the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability, living in private houses. Indeed, when I recently announced the funding for 2019 at €71.25 million nationally, this represented an 8% increase on 2018. Furthermore, funding for these schemes has been increasing year on year since 2014.
The allocations in respect of the scheme for all local authorities, including Donegal, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo, for the years concerned, are available on my Department's website, at the following links:
In addition to annual increases since 2014, my Department works closely with local authorities throughout each year, to monitor spend and to achieve a full drawdown of the available funding. This allows any underspends to be redistributed to local authorities with high levels of grant activity who seek additional funding. This can result in some local authorities receiving additional funding later in the year, over and above their original allocation, and this will continue to be the case in order to ensure the highest possible level of funding drawdown by the local authorities.