Fine Gael Dáil candidate, Verona Murphy, has welcomed the announcement from Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, and Finian McGrath TD, Minister of State for Disability Issues of approved funding of €15.075 million for the Disabled Persons Grant scheme (DPG) and Improvement Works In Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs). Wexford will benefit to the tune of €515,000.
The DPG scheme provides funding for extensions and adaptations to existing social housing stock for older people and people with a disability such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, wet rooms, downstairs bedrooms etc. The scheme also provides extensions in cases of overcrowding. It is administered directly by the local authorities who prioritise the works required under the scheme each year. The scheme assists older people and people with a disability to continue living in the comfort of their own homes. Exchequer funding meets 90% of the cost of the works in each property, with the local authority providing the remaining 10%.
The funding being provided also covers the Improvement Works in Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs) which allows local authorities to improve or extend privately owned accommodation, where the applicant has been approved for social housing. It allows those who are eligible to remain in private housing and as their housing need has been met, helps to reduce the demand for social housing. It can also support those who might otherwise find themselves homeless.
Verona Murphy praised the effort being made by Wexford local authority to improve the quality of life for older people and people with a disability and those affected by over-crowding; “The Wexford allocation of €515,000 will greatly improve the housing conditions for older tenants and those living with disabilities and addresses issues of overcrowding in existing social housing stock. Improvement works on private homes in lieu of social housing will also provide an alternative for those currently experiencing overcrowding in private accommodation.”
Ms. Murphy added; “I am delighted with the Wexford funding under this scheme which will be kept under review and Wexford County Council can be considered for further funding in 2019 should the need arise. It will make a difference on the ground and expedite the plans already in place for such works.”