Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Housing Adaptation Grant Funding
501. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when funding will be released for housing adaptation grants and housing aid for older people to Limerick City and County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20659/19]
Funding allocations for 2019 for all local authorities, including Limerick City & County Council, were announced on 11 March 2019 in respect of the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability living in private houses. Nationally, funding of €71.25 million was announced, with €3,351,630 in respect of Limerick. The Council has drawn down some 21% of their allocation to date in 2019.
My Department also provides funding under the Disabled Persons Grants scheme to local authorities for adaptations and extensions to the existing social housing stock, to meet the needs of local authority tenants. In line with previous years, all local authorities, including Limerick City & County Council, were asked to submit details of their work proposals and related funding requirements for the year. These work proposals have been evaluated and the funding allocations for 2019 will issue shortly. However, in the interim, to avoid any delay in undertaking works, local authorities were advised in early 2019 to proceed with works of up to 65% of their overall 2018 allocation.