Updated: 14/05/18 : 13:40:16
€1,857,727 funding has been made available for older people and people with disabilities in Sligo and Leitrim for the adaptation of their homes this week by the Government.
That’s according to Fine Gael TD for Sligo – Leitrim Tony McLoughlin who is encouraging local people to apply for the grants to their local councils to help them stay in their own homes for longer.
“Older people and people with disabilities in Sligo and Leitrim are going to benefit from new Government funding designed to help them adapt their homes to improve their mobility and access.“This is to help people return home from hospital earlier, and also to support older people and people with disabilities to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as they wish.
“The Housing Adaptation Grant helps people to make changes and adaptations to their home to better cater for their needs. This could include making it wheelchair-accessible, extending it to create more space, adding a ground-floor bathroom or toilet or adding a stair-lift.
Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works and up to €8,000 to assist older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out. Up to €6,000 is also available for mobility aids.
“Fine Gael is working to ensure that the benefits of our economic recovery are felt by those who need it most. That is why my colleague, Minister Damien English, decided to increase the funding for this important programme by some 11% in 2018. Sligo County Council and Leitrim County Council will be getting an increase for this fund in 2018.
“The grants are 80% funded from the exchequer by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, with 20% funding from the relevant local authority”, continued Deputy McLoughlin. Sligo will get €1,367,534 and Leitrim will receive €498,993.
“This is all about improving quality of life for older people and people with disabilities. It is also about helping them to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. This is good for the person in question and it is good for society as a whole.
“I hope to see good take up of the scheme by people who need it here in Sligo and Leitrim and I will certainly be encouraging constituents whom I know can benefit to apply for this scheme through the Local Authority.”