Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

15th November 2018

Breathnach welcomes Fianna Fáil’s Bill to speed up Housing Adaptation Grant decisions for people with disabilities
Bill would provide for a decision to be made on a housing adaptation grant within four weeks  –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has welcomed Fianna Fáil’s Bill published this week, the Housing (Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability) Bill 2018.

“The Bill would provide for a decision to be made on a housing adaptation grant within four weeks from the receipt of the application by the local authority. The Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability currently provides grant aid to applicants to assist in the carrying out of works that are necessary to render a house more suitable for the accommodation needs of a person with a disability. The effective maximum grant under the scheme is €30,000, which may cover up to 95% of the approved cost of works.

“Deputy Breathnach commented, “Fianna Fáil introduced the Housing Adaptation Grant Scheme in 2007 in order to allow for the adaptation of houses for people with a disability and older people.

“Unfortunately this essential grant scheme is marred by backlogs in application decisions and unreasonable waiting lists and I have spoken about delays in Louth with this scheme many times.  Affording people the opportunity to grow old and remain in their own homes should they wish, is a central plank of Fianna Fáil policy.

Deputy Breathnach added “The housing adaptation grant is vital for allowing older people or people with a disability to continue living independently in their own homes.

“The provision of stair-lifts; grab-rails; showers; wet-rooms and ramps along with extensions such as the installation of a downstairs bedroom or bathroom, are in many cases the only way in which a person can remain in their own home. This also has a knock on effect on the acute hospital network by alleviating pressure on hospitals and preventing delayed discharges,” concluded Deputy Breathnach.

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Notes to Editor:  Please see attached Housing (Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability) Bill 2018.
Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

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