O’Brien allocates more than €500,000 for Disabled Persons Grant Scheme & Improvement Works

O’Brien allocates more than €500,000 for Disabled Persons Grant Scheme & Improvement Works in Lieu of Local Authority Housing Scheme in Fingal

Local Minister Darragh O’Brien TD has approved funding of more than €500,000 for the Disabled Persons Grant scheme (DPG) and Improvement Works in Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs) in Fingal.

Exchequer funding meets 90% of the cost with the local authority providing the remaining 10% meaning the combined total of funding for works in Fingal is €558,051.78

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.

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.

Welcoming the funding Minister O’Brien said, “This will greatly improve the housing conditions for our older tenants and those living with disabilities in Balbriggan.

“It will also address issues of overcrowding in existing social housing stock, something which we know is a major problem, while improvement works on private homes in lieu of social housing also provides an alternative for those currently experiencing overcrowding in private accommodation.

“A grant such as this has a huge impact on a town like Balbriggan and greatly improves the quality of life of the beneficiaries. It 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.

“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.

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