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Council expects to have spent €3m on housing grants by end of year

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It is expected that by the end of 2019, Clare County Council will have spent €3m on private housing grants.

Details on the financial costs of housing grants for older people, personnel with disabilities and those in need of mobility aid were sought by Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND) at a recent meeting of the local authority.

Up to October 16th, 75 grants were awarded at a cost of €902,000 in housing adaptation for the disabled. €247,804 has been allocated to 55 grants for older people with 62 mobility aid grants sanctioned at a cost of €271,250. All three schemes will reopen to new applications on January 2nd.

For the final two months of 2019, Clare County Council had 158 remaining applications with an estimated cost of €1m. 55 applications had yet to be assessed at the time of Director of Services, Anne Haugh’s reply to Cllr Flynn, should they be given the green light the approximate fee is €350,000. She confirmed that 422 applications were approved and paid in 2018 for €2.9m, this year’s equivalent was 319 applications for €1.9m.

“It is expected this Council will administer payment of close to €3,000,000 on 470 private house grants by year end. This will broadly clear the backlog of applications however there will be a carry-over of 55 applications into 2020 with an associated value of €350,000 as the grant process is organic and dependent on many factors,” Haugh stated.

Flynn told the meeting he was the councillor to recommend the suspension of grants to allow the housing staff work through the current list which he felt was effective. “For people to say it was closed entirely wasn’t true. It is work well done,” the Shannon resident stated.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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