€800k to improve local social housing for people with disabilities across Roscommon-Galway – Denis Naughten TD.

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€800k to improve local social housing for people with disabilities
“Funding will allow for house extensions and improvements”
Statement by Minister Denis Naughten TD

September 13, 2017
People with disabilities living in social housing across Roscommon-Galway are receiving Government support of more than €800,000 under the Disabled Persons Grants Scheme for improvements to social housing according to local Minister Denis Naughten TD.

Minister Naughten states 90% of the funding will come from central Government with the remainder allocated by Roscommon-Galway Councils.

Improvements covered under the Scheme include grab rails, disabled access ramps and wet rooms. Grants can also be used for home extensions where there is overcrowding.

Confirming the allocation by his Cabinet colleague the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy, Minister Denis Naughten added:

“It is important that people see the benefits of this funding as soon as possible. The grants allow for improvements and extensions to local social housing. One significant development in the Scheme is that ‘Improvement Works in Lieu’ and extensions to privately owned houses are being allowed, where the occupant is approved for social housing. This will help ease the housing strain in local communities.  Planning and progress on some of the works under the Scheme is already underway as the Councils were told to proceed with spending up to 65% of funding received last year. Now the total has been agreed even more improvements can happen. This funding will allow those with disabilities to continue living at home, in the company of family, friends and neighbours in safety and comfort.  I am asking the Councils to ensure that people with disabilities across Roscommon-Galway in need of these improvements in their homes are made aware of this support which is available. This funding also provides a welcome boost for local construction jobs in the region and for local suppliers. The commitment given by Minister Eoghan Murphy to keep the level of funding under review and to make more available if required is significant and I welcome this.”
Appendix 1

2017 Disabled Person’s Grants – Final Allocations

Local Authority Department Contribution 90%

Local Authority Contribution

10%

Total

(Department and LA contribution)

Carlow County Council 265,707 29,523 295,230
Cavan County Council 318,338 35,371 353,709
Clare County Council 274,702 30,522 305,224
Cork City Council 613,296 68,144 681,440
Cork County 811,365 90,152 901,517
Donegal County Council 304,047 33,783 337,830
Dublin City Council 1,405,175 156,131 1,561,306
Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council 327,488 36,388 363,876
Fingal County Council 374,218 41,580 415,798
Galway City 271,108 30,123 301,231
Galway County Council 313,776 34,864 348,640
Kerry County Council 255,299 28,367 283,666
Kildare County Council 394,879 43,875 438,754
Kilkenny County Council 304,047 33,783 337,830
Laois County Council 218,405 24,267 242,672
Leitrim County Council 207,992 23,110 231,102
Limerick City and County Council 567,547 63,061 630,608
Longford County Council 244,317 27,146 271,463
Louth County Council 453,985 50,443 504,428
Mayo County Council 261,011 29,001 290,012
Meath County Council 385,664 42,852 428,516
Monaghan County Council 158269 17585 175,854
Offaly County Council 280,519 31,169 311,688
Roscommon County Council 141,671 15,741 157,412
Sligo County Council 376,212 41,801 418,013
South Dublin County Council 533,685 59,298 592,983
Tipperary County Council 411,695 45,744 457,439
Waterford City and County Council 285,756 31,751 317,507
Westmeath County Council 242,884 26,987 269,871
Wexford County Council 354,467 39,385 393,852
Wicklow County Council 642,476 71,386 713,862
Total 12,000,000 1,333,333 13,333,333