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Council receive slight increase in funds for private housing adaptations

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County Hall, St Alphonsus Road, Dundalk. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.

Louth County Council are to receive just short of €1.5 million in funding for Housing Adaptation Grants, available to assist older persons or people with disabilities living in privately owned homes who may need to make changes to aid disability.

The local authority will receive €1,469, 895 from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, with an additional 20% of the total funding – €367,474 – matched by the council.

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In total, €1,837, 369 will be made available in Louth – in a considerable boost to council offers amidst the Covid-19 pandemic which was put a strain on revenue and subsequent expenditure. Nationally, €73.75 million has been made available to all local authorities.

The funding will support home adaptations for older people, people with a disability and people with mobility issues – enabling older people and people with disabilities to remain living independently in their own homes.

The adaptations can also facilitate early return from hospital, if that is the case.

“I am pleased to be in a position to increase the funding again for this important scheme in 2020, with all local authorities receiving an increase in funding compared to their 2019 allocation,” Minister Darragh O’Brien said.

“These grants have had a huge impact on the quality of life of the many beneficiaries and play a vitally important role in helping people with a disability and people who are reaching an age in life when they are less mobile, to continue to live independently in their own homes.”

The maximum grant available is €30,000 for a person with a disability, while up to €8,000 is available to assist improving poor housing conditions for older people. A grant of up to €6,000 is available for mobility aids to address mobility problems for a member of the household.

As of last month, Louth County Council had received 35 applications under the Housing Adaptation Grants in 2020, adding to the 215 applications that have rolled over from the previous year.

Prior to the announcement of a new tranche of funding for Housing Adaptation Grants today, the local authority had put in place an interim fund worth 65% of the previous years funding to allow for such work to continue.

Louth County Council are receiving approximately €104,000 more than in 2019 – a rise of 7.6% on the €1,365,441 received from the Exchequer.

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