Dáil Éireann - Volume 503 - 20 April, 1999
Written Answers. - UN Year of the Elderly.
Ms Clune Ms Clune
 407. Ms Clune asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government the provisions or proposals, if any, he will introduce to mark the UN year of the elderly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10170/99]
Mr. Molloy Mr. Molloy
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Molloy): I have made a number of significantly increased provisions and improvements to schemes in 1999 which will benefit the elderly as follows: the provision for the Special Task Force for the Elderly has been increased to £6 million which is the highest provision ever since the scheme commenced in 1982; the maximum essential repairs grant has been increased from £1,800 to £4,500 and is being extended to urban areas; and the 1999 Estimates provide for a 20 per cent increase in the provision of local authority and social housing bringing the total provision to over £269 million and a significant element within the increased programmes will cater for the needs of the elderly.
Dáil Éireann 503 Written Answers. UN Year of the Elderly.