More funding needed for housing

Laois County Councillors have once again called on the Minister for Housing to provide them with extra funding for the housing maintenance grant, which was reduced by over 50% this year.

Laois County Councillors have once again called on the Minister for Housing to provide them with extra funding for the housing maintenance grant, which was reduced by over 50% this year.

Cllr Tom Mulhall, who is chairman of the Housing SPC said the grant was originally cut by over 70%, but the council appealed this and received extra funds.

“I wouldn’t like to see an elderly or disabled person unable to return to their home because we weren’t able to make any improvements to their house,” he said.

While Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said the grant saved the governement money.