Friday May 7th, 2021
The Minister for Disabilities and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has today (7th May) welcomed the allocation of more than €1.8 million to local authorities in Galway for the Disabled Persons Grant scheme (DPG) and Improvement Works In Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs).
Each local authority will receive the funds they have requested from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to carry out works this year in 2021. Galway County Council has been allocated €1,066,666 while Galway City Council have been allocated €841,838.
The DPG scheme provides funding for extensions and adaptations to existing social housing stock for older people and people with a disability such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, wet rooms, downstairs bedrooms etc. The scheme also provides extensions in cases of overcrowding.
The IWILs allows local authorities to improve or extend privately owned accommodation, where the applicant has been approved for social housing. It allows those who are otherwise eligible for social housing to remain in private housing and for enhancements to that housing.
Welcoming the funding Minister Rabbitte said:
As the Minister for Disabilities, I know how important this funding is for individuals and families – it can be a real lifeline. The funding allows people make much needed adaptations to their homes, ensuring they can live independent lives and that we, as a State, support people as much as we can.
This will greatly improve the housing conditions for people with disabilities and can really have a huge impact. This demonstrates how this government is fully committed to supporting local authorities in the delivery of the disabled person grant scheme and improvement work in lieu of social housing scheme to meet the need of local authority tenants and those approved for social housing. These allocations today will facilitate this goal for many.
Minister Rabbitte concluded:
This funding will also address issues of overcrowding in existing social housing stock, while improvement works on private homes in lieu of social housing also provides an alternative for those currently experiencing overcrowding in private accommodation.