Another attack on people with disabilities as Dublin City Council is forced to close housing scheme – Power

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Cuts to Housing Adaptation scheme will force people into hospitals & nursing homes

A dramatic cut in funding for Housing Adaptation Grants this year has now forced Dublin City Council to shut down the scheme entirely half way through the year.

Reacting to the council’s announcement this afternoon, Dublin Senator Averil Power said hundreds of older people and people with disabilities in the Dublin city region will now be left without the supports they need live independently in their homes.

The Fianna Fáil Senator said, “The Environment Minister Phil Hogan slashed funding for Housing Adaption Grants by 40% in Dublin city this year to just €4 million. Dublin City Council has now informed me that just half way through the year, the funds are completely exhausted and it has been left with no option but to shut down the scheme entirely.

“Housing adaptation grants allow older people and people with disabilities to make important changes to their homes, like installing wheelchair ramps or stair-lifts, to allow them to live independently. The closure of the scheme will mean that many will be forced to stay in hospital or move into residential care or nursing homes.

“Today’s news comes as yet another major blow to people with disabilities, who have been targeted again and again by this government for deeply unfair cuts. It will also deprive older people of the comfort and independence of staying in their own homes. Not only is this extremely unjust, it will also cost the State more in the long-run as people are forced to avail of expensive hospital and nursing home care instead of living at home.

“Dublin City Council has been appealing to the Department to restore its funding for housing adaptation grants to the 2012 level. These appeals have largely been ignored to date, as only €500,000 of the €3 million cut has been returned. As a result, the council has been left with no option but to close the scheme. I urge the Minister to reverse the cut in full, so that people with disabilities and older people are not denied support that they desperately need,” Senator Power concluded

 

 

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