REVIEW OF HOUSING GRANTS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY COUNCIL

first_imgThe strategic policy committee on housing is reviewing the level of grants of the various housing adaptation grant schemes across the county.Cllr Jimmy KavanaghIt follows a question to Donegal County Council by Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh.Cllr Kavanagh asked if the council could review its policies with regard to the allocation of housing adaptation grants for people with a disability and for elderly people. He added that currently too many successful applicants are not in a position to take up the offered grant as they cannot afford the balance to meet the quotation for the necessary work.“As a result the grant does not get drawn down, and the work does not get done, this has implications for the ability of elderly and disabled people to remain in their own home,” h said.The council replied that so far this year they had paid out €200,000 on 70 grants.However the council stated that the strategic policy committee on housing had identified the need to review the grant levels under the various housing adaptation grant schemes, this review is to be completed before the end of 2015 and will subsequently be presented to the corporate policy group and full council for consideration. Welcoming this review of grant levels Cllr. Kavanagh said “It is important for the elderly and disabled members of our community that as many housing adaptations as possible can be brought to a successful conclusion.“If the council recognise and accept that the work is necessary and a grant is approved to complete the work, it is extremely frustrating for everyone concerned if still cannot get down because of the price gap between the grant allocated and the cost of the work. I hope the policy committee can complete its review in a timely fashion and that we have a positive proposal to consider at council as soon as possible.”REVIEW OF HOUSING GRANTS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY COUNCIL was last modified: October 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Jimmy Kavanaghcouncilhousinglast_img read more