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Reilly describes 85% refusal in applications for Disabled Persons Grant and Emergency Repair Grants in Navan as shocking

9 September, 2005


Sinn Féin Councillor Joe Reilly responding to figures provided to him by Navan Town Council in relation to the Disabled Persons Grants and Emergency Repair Grants said:" I was shocked to discover that less than 15% of those applying for the Disabled Persons Grants and Emergency Repair Grants in Navan have been successful.  It is a disgrace that the most vulnerable in our society - people with disabilities or older people who are living in very poor housing conditions –are being denied essential support because of a lack of Local Government finances.”

Councillor Reilly said:

"While the figures for the Navan area for the granting of Disabled Persons Grant (DPG) and Emergency Repair Grants (ERG) are an improvement on last year it is shocking that only 14.5% of applications for the Disabled Persons Grant between January and August this year have been successful. Of  117 applications only 18 have been granted.

"The figures for Emergency Repair Grants (ERG) are even worse. Of the 40 applications between January and the end of June 05 four of the applicants (10%) were successful in their applications.

"It is the most vulnerable who are in need of this assistance, people with disabilities or older people who are living in very poor housing conditions.  More needs to be done.  While Meath County Council has improved its system of processing applications it needs to deliver a higher number of applications in a shorter timeframe.

"The contribution of central government for these absolutely necessary repairs has to be increased.  Local authorities are cash starved and unable to provide their 20% of the cost, which is leading to this problem.

"I will asking my colleague Arthur Morgan TD Sinn Fein spokesperson on local government to raise this issue with the Minister for the Environment and Local Government and to seek a special financial package that would allow local authorities to carry out an increased number of DPGs and ERGs”ENDS

 

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