Dáil Éireann - Volume 630 - 01 February, 2007
Written Answers. - Grant Payments.
Mr. Kehoe Mr. Kehoe
Mr. Kehoe asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the number of people who availed of the grant by his Department towards the cost of hearing aids for the past five years with a breakdown of the figures; his plans to increase the size of the grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2669/07]
Mr. Brennan Mr. Brennan
Mr. Brennan: The total number of people availing of a grant towards the cost of a hearing aid for the past 5 years is 26,256 broken down as follows:
The grant was increased by over 8% with effect from 1 May 2006 and currently my Department will pay up to half the cost of a hearing aid or repairs to a hearing aid subject to a fixed maximum of €760. The grant level is continuously kept under review in the context of the objectives of the scheme and budgetary resources.
Dáil Éireann 630 Written Answers. Grant Payments.