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Monday, 12th February 2024

Inadequate housing grants leave families struggling - Cutlip

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Councillor Emmma Cutlip.

Labour Councillor Emma Cutlip has called on Government to reassess the inadequate housing aid grants and housing adaptation grants. 

The Drogheda Urban Councillor said: “With limits of €30,000 for the housing adaptation grant and €8,000 for housing aid, families are left struggling to bridge the significant financial gap required for essential home upgrades.

“The dire consequences of this shortfall are increasingly evident as citizens face insurmountable obstacles in accessing crucial support for their housing needs. 

"The current housing grant limits are insufficient to meet the rising costs of home adaptations. We cannot turn a blind eye to the needs of vulnerable individuals.

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“This issue is not just about financial constraints; it’s about ensuring dignity, independence, and safety for those most in need within our communities. 

"As witnessed earlier this year with the suspension of adaptation grants in Louth due to oversubscription, it is clear there is much demand for everything from ramps, to grab rails, to stair lifts and bathroom refits. Government needs to enable people to stay in their own homes for longer.

“Without adequate funding for housing adaptation grants and housing aid, vulnerable individuals and families are at risk of losing their independence and security. 

"I’m calling on Government to urgently reassess and increase funding for housing adaptation grants and housing aid. They must recognise the urgency of the situation and allocate the necessary resources to ensure that vulnerable individuals and families receive the support they desperately need to live with dignity and security in their own homes."

 

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