Minister for Planning and Local Government Peter Burke TD has confirmed that his department has approved funding of approximately €18 million for the Disabled Persons Grant scheme (DPG) and Improvement Works In Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs).
The DPG scheme provides funding for extensions and adaptations to existing social housing stock for older people and people with a disability such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, wet rooms, downstairs bedrooms etc. The scheme also provides extensions in cases of overcrowding.
Minister Burke has announced that Longford County Council will receive €187,752 from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
The Improvement Works in Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs) allows local authorities to improve or extend privately owned accommodation, where the applicant has been approved for social housing. It allows those who are otherwise eligible for social housing to remain in private housing and for enhancements to that housing.
Minister Burke said, “This is a great scheme which will impact many people who although do not qualify for social housing, need additional resources to improve their homes. This targeted funding will greatly improve the housing conditions for our older tenants and those living with disabilities. It will also address issues of overcrowding in existing social housing stock, which we know is a big problem locally.
“I have seen first-hand through assisting constituents in the past with these applications that these grants have a huge impact on the quality of life of those who are approved. The process plays a vitally important role in helping people with a disability and people who are reaching an age in life when they are less mobile, to continue to live independently in their own homes, which is imperative.
“Funding has been increasing year on year under this scheme and this year’s allocation is a 19% increase on 2019 levels. It is a clear demonstration of the Government’s commitment to improving the lives of older people and people with a disability,” the Minister concluded.