Irish Wheelchair Association welcomes housing adaptation grant increase, but calls for a reduction in ‘restrictive criteria and means testing’

Irish Wheelchair Association welcomes housing adaptation grant increase, but calls for a reduction in ‘restrictive criteria and means testing’

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Irish Wheelchair Association welcomes housing adaptation grant increase, but calls for a reduction in ‘restrictive criteria and means testing’

Irish Wheelchair Association welcomes the increase in the Housing Adaptation Grant for Older People and People with Disabilities announced by the Government this week, but has raised concerns about restrictions to accessing these grants.

Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Damien English, TD, announced allocations of €71.25 million in 2019 for such housing adaptations on Monday 11th March.

Tony Cunningham, National Director of Volunteers and Housing with the Irish Wheelchair Association said:

While we welcome this increase in funding, in reality many people needing to carry out significant remodelling or to extend their homes to make them fully wheelchair accessible cannot avail of these grants due to the restrictive grant criteria and means testing.

The grant scheme favours applications for smaller adaptations within the home rather than the larger works that wheelchair users would require. Irish Wheelchair Association continues to lobby the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to raise the upper limit to €60,000 and to relax the means testing criteria.

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