Age Friendly County Gets Lowest Grant Aid for Housing Adaptations for Elderly and People with Disabilities
Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has received figures revealing funding allocations grants for housing adaptations for the elderly and people with disabilities. Deputy Munster said the figures for Louth are shocking given that we come at the bottom of the pile in receiving the lowest grant allocated of 121,955 for 2016. Cork received a grant of over 2 million, with Limerick and Mayo receiving over 1 million each.
According to the figures Louth received zero funding for Mobility Aids and zero funding for the Housing Aid for the Older People Scheme.
Commenting Deputy Munster said the paltry sum given to Louth is disgraceful as year on year the scheme is only open for several weeks due to the lack of funding and applicants are regularly turned down.
This comes on top of beds for the elderly being closed in Louth County Hospital and the Cottage Hospital, which has a threat of closure hanging over it.
Deputy Munster said it is total hypocrisy to hear this government speak of encouraging elderly people to live independently at home from one side of their mouths, and then giving a pittance in grants to allow them to do just that. These figures make a mockery of Louth being an “Age Friendly County”.
I fully intend to take this matter up with the Minister and will call on him to start treating our elderly and people with disabilities with the respect they deserve.
The minister needs to back up his words with action and substantially increase the funding for Housing Adaptation Grants, Housing Aid for Older People Scheme, and Mobility Grants in 2017.