A €3m. housing adaptations boost for Mayo elderly and disabled

AN Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the announcement that €3,029,206 will be made available in 2017 for the provision of housing adaptations for the elderly and people living with a disability in Mayo.

A sum of €2,423,365 will be made available from exchequer funding and €605,841 from Local Authority funding giving a total investment of just over €3m for Mayo.

The announcement was made today by the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney as part of a €59.8 million nationwide investment.

Taoiseach Kenny stated: “I very much welcome today’s announcement. Since coming to office in 2011 my government and I not only set out to correct our public finances and provide much needed employment for our people, but to ensure Ireland was a place where our people could live, and grow old in, with a sense of dignity and respect.

“This investment will provide further opportunities for people here in Mayo to continue living independently in their own homes should they wish to do so.

“Today’s announcement will allow for the building of extensions as well as housing adaptations such as stair lifts and access ramps for those most in need. Nationally, I am happy to see that the government was in a position to increase the 2017 allocation for such adaptations by 6% year on year.”

Grants of up to €30,000 are available for an adaptation, up to €8,000 for housing aid for older people and up to €6,000 for mobility aids