There will be a funding boost for housing improvements in Kilkenny that will benefit older people and those with a disability according to local Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness.
“Kilkenny County Council is to receive €1,867,500 to improve or extend the private homes of older people and those with disability in 2011. This is in addition to expenditure by Kilkenny County Council on their own social housing stock.”
“This funding will assist Kilkenny County Council to support older people and those with disabilities to live independent lives in their own homes, at the heart of their communities.”
“Grants of up to €30,000 are available for improvement works and extensions to facilitate a person with a disability. Work that is covered by these grants includes provision of level access showers, installation of stair lifts, grab rails and access ramps. The Mobility Aids Grant scheme is available to fast track grants of up to €6,000 to address the mobility problems of a member of a household. In the case of older people, a grant of up to €10,500 is available to assist householders to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out to their homes.”
“These grants are essential because very often, even though people with mobility challenges living in private homes do not have the funds to adapt their homes to their needs.”
“These grants have improved the lives of countless people around Kilkenny and I am happy to see the level of uptake has been very high. I confident that the grants will make a huge difference to those who avail of them,” concluded Deputy McGuinness.
– Deputy John McGuinness