Written Answers - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 677 No. 3

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  386.  Deputy Olwyn Enright  Information on Olwyn Enright  Zoom on Olwyn Enright   asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government  Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley   the way money will be allocated to the Health Service Executive for the operation of the former special housing aid for the elderly scheme in 2009; the amount which will be allocated under same to counties Laois and Offaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9676/09]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy Michael Finneran): Information on Michael Finneran  Zoom on Michael Finneran  The allocations to the Health Service Executive under the Special Housing Aid for the Elderly (SHAE) Scheme are determined by a Task Force, which operates under the aegis of my Department. While the scheme has been closed to new applications since 1 August 2008, having been replaced by the Housing Aid for Older People Scheme, the HSE is continuing to process applications on hands at that stage. Allocations under the SHAE in 2009, which will be finalised shortly, will be considered in the light of the number and value of remaining applications on hands. Funding is provided to the HSE on a regional basis and it is a matter for the HSE to apportion funding within regions.

Question No. 387 answered with Question No. 371.


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