Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
248. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will consider raising the maximum contribution of housing adaptation grants towards building costs given the huge rise in the cost of building works making it impossible for persons in need of these grants to make up the difference between the maximum grant and the cost of the adaptation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31792/22]
My Department provides funding to local authorities for 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. Funding of €81.25 million is available nationally in 2022 which is an increase of €6.25 million on the 2021 provision of €75 million, continuing the year on year increases since 2014.
Housing for All commits to undertaking a review of the range of housing grants available to assist with meeting specific housing needs both for our ageing population and people with a disability. The review is currently underway, and will be completed by the end of 2022. The existing grant limits are being examined as part of the review.