Ringfence money for disabled
ADAPTION GRANTS DISCUSSED
LOUTH County Councillors appealed for monies to be ' ringfenced' in the 2013 budget for disabled persons adaption grants.
The members heard that funding for both the suite of adaption grants schemes and homelessness grants is being reduced.
Director of Services, Joe McGuinness told the meeting that DPG grants are 80% funded by the department, with homelessness grants funded 90%.
The council normally funds the remaining 20% or 10%
He said the local authority had not as yet received any notice as to how the funding levels will be affected in 2012.
However, he pointed out that in relation to DPG grants, it is likely that the scheme will only be open for a number of months in early 2013.
'Allocations will be by means of the standard priority grounds, but will be influenced by demand,' said Mr. McGuinness.
Cllr. Declan Breathnach said he felt the council 'should be making sure to ringfence the adaptation grants, or at least try to maintain them at a level.'
Cllr. Edel Corrigan also appealed for additional monies to be set aside for the DPG schemes, saying they were very important to people across the county.
County Manager, Joan Martin said she appreciated that in previous years councillors had asked for additional monies to be added to the disabled persons grants schemes.
However, she appealed to the members to consider the severe cuts which were being made across other areas, and how funding will be needed for these.