CLARE County Council is to receive increased funding of more than €1.8 million to help older people and people with a disability to live independently.

Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey said that the money will come from the Government’s Housing Adaptation Grant with an additional €454,776 coming from the council’s own resources, bringing the  overall total to €2,273,880.

“This is both good news for people who need and deserve the support to live in their own homes for as long as possible, and is also positive in terms of reducing dependency on our health service,” Deputy Carey added.

“These grants have a really positive impact on the quality of life of the people who benefit from them and they play an important role in helping people with a disability and people who are reaching an age in life when they are less mobile, to continue to live independently in their own homes.

“Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works to make a house more suitable for their needs. Up to €8,000 can be allocated to older people to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out and up to €6,000 for mobility aids. 

“Another positive aspect of the Housing Adaptation Grant is that it helps to create employment for local contractors.

“Funding for local authorities to administer this scheme has been increasing year on year since 2014, which underlines the Government’s commitment to older people and those with a disability,” he concluded.