Dáil Éireann - Volume 608 - 25 October, 2005

Written Answers. - Housing Grants.

  586. Mr. Perry asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the funding he has provided for the provision of housing for persons with disabilities and persons leaving sheltered accommodation in Counties Sligo and Leitrim in 2002, 2003, 2004 and to date 2005; if this funding will be increased; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30043/05]

  Mr. N. Ahern:Under my Department’s voluntary housing capital assistance scheme, accommodation may be provided for persons with special needs such as the elderly, homeless or persons with disabilities. Funding of €238,642 was made available to Leitrim County Council in 2002 towards the provision of accommodation for persons with disabilities.

My Department also provides a combined allocation for local authorities for the administration of the disabled person’s and the essential repairs grant schemes. The disabled person’s grant scheme provides grant assistance for works necessary for the proper accommodation of disabled persons. The essential repairs grants scheme enables people in houses which cannot be made habitable in all respects at a reasonable costs, to have basic repairs carried out to them. The scheme is directed primarily at older persons living in poor housing conditions.

The funding provided for local authorities for the administration of these schemes is set out in the following table:

Expenditure on Disabled Persons Grant Scheme 2002-2005 (position at 31/8/05).

Local Authority

2002

2003

2004

2005 at 31/8/05

Total

Leitrim County Council

1,260,305

1,300,488

1,112,474

474,788

4,148,055

Sligo County Council

777,087

470,753

196,912

105,585

1,550,337

Sligo Borough Council

330,905

457,320

114,605

111,403

1,014,233

[1033] Expenditure on Essential Repairs Grant Scheme 2002-2005 (position at 31/8/05).

Local Authority

2002

2003

2004

2005 at 31/8/05

Total

Leitrim County Council

554,140

690,514

929,561

330,964

2,505,179

Sligo County Council

334,580

149,852

44,537

40,392

569,361

Sligo Borough Council

29,498

27,273

1,106

17,205

75,082

Question No. 587 answered with Question No. 175.