Elderly housing grants slashed

STATE spending to help the elderly and people with disability to live at home has been cut by €600k in Laois.

STATE spending to help the elderly and people with disability to live at home has been cut by €600k in Laois.

In 2010 more than €1.4 million was allocated to 309 people in Laois under the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability.

This dropped to €936k last year when 212 people were helped to adapt their homes with special showers, stair lefts and other changes.

However, funding was cut again this year to almost €870k according to figures supplied to Deputy Sean Fleming in the Dail.

Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan said her Departent covers 80% of grants while Laois and other county councils cover the rest.

She said it is a matter for each local authority to determine how the funding is apportioned between the various grant measures and to manage the operation of the schemes in their areas from within the allocation.

Some €4 million has gone to Offaly County Council since 2010.