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Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 456. Cecilia Keaveney Information on Cecilia Keaveney Zoom on Cecilia Keaveney  asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government Information on Martin Cullen Zoom on Martin Cullen  his views on the recommendations from the housing aid for the elderly report 2000; when action will be taken to put this scheme on a permanent footing and increase the funding to that which is agreed as the most effective scheme for the elderly at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23311/02]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government (Mr. N. Ahern): Information on Noel Ahern Zoom on Noel Ahern Value for Money Report No. 36 – November 2000 – by the Comptroller and Auditor General, in relation to the special housing aid for the elderly scheme, concluded that the scheme represented good value for money.

The scheme was established in 1982 as a pilot scheme to provide assistance to improve the housing conditions of elderly persons living alone in unfit or insanitary conditions. In recognition of the valuable work which is being carried out the scheme has been continued in each year since 1982 and is in this respect a permanent instrument of housing policy in relation to meeting the needs of elderly persons living in poor housing conditions. Funding for the scheme has also been increased significantly in recent years, from a little over £4 million, €5.13 million, in 1997 to a provision of €11.537 million for 2003.

Question No. 457 answered with Question No. 455.

Question No. 458 answered with Question No. 447.

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