€642,476 funding secured for Disabled Persons Grant Scheme in Wicklow

AndrewDoyle_Ballot€642,476 in funding has been secured for the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme in Wicklow, Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Andrew Doyle has said.

The Disabled Persons Grant Scheme provides funding for extensions and adaptations to existing social housing stock such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, wet rooms, etc.  The scheme also provides extensions in cases of overcrowding.

In addition, the scheme provides funding for Improvement Works in Lieu in order to improve or extend privately owned accommodation where the occupant is already approved for social housing, reducing the strain on current social housing stock.

Minister Doyle said: “I am delighted to announce that Wicklow will benefit from €642,476 in funding through the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme.

“Some €642,476 will be paid by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, with an additional €71,386 coming from our Local Authority.

“This will greatly improve the housing conditions for those living with disabilities and addresses issues of overcrowding in existing social housing stock, while Improvement Works in Lieu provide an alternative to social housing for approved social housing applicants currently in private accommodation.

“I am very pleased my Fine Gael colleague Minister Eoghan Murphy has allocated funding of a total of €12million nationally under this scheme.

“The Minister has assured me he will continue to keep the scheme under review and will consider providing further funding later in the year if the need arises.

“Fine Gael in Government is committed to creating a Republic of Opportunity by offering a helping hand when it’s needed and breaking down the barriers that stop people getting a fair chance.”

We need more community involvement to fight litter – Doyle

Image result for Picking Up LitterThe latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter shows we’re making progress against litter but we need more community involvement to tackle the problem, a Fine Gael Minister of State for Food Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle has said.

The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows improvements in cleanliness across the country over the past year.

Over 90% of rural towns surveyed were deemed clean, while Dublin, Cork and Galway city centres all scored well in the ranking of 40 areas.

Doyle  said: “This survey shows that we have made enormous strides in tackling litter but we still have a lot to do.

“Here in County Wicklow, Bray performed very well in the survey which received a Clean to European Norms. This is great news; it is a testament to the work put in by our local authorities, business groups and indeed, the community as a whole.

“The results of the IBAL survey show that 80% of Irish towns are found to be as clean, or cleaner, than their European counterparts.

“Combatting litter requires continuous work and although our towns are generally performing well, we need to remain vigilant for littering blackspots and illegal dumping.

“I believe the best way to tackle problem litter is through community lead initiatives spearheaded by community groups and tidy towns committees.

“An Taisce’s National Spring Clean, Ireland’s premier anti-litter programme, takes place during the whole month of April every year.

“I strongly encourage community groups and anyone interested to take action to improve your community by organising a clean-up of your local area,” said Minister Doyle.

Over 90% of rural towns surveyed were deemed clean, while Dublin, Cork and Galway city centres all scored well in the ranking of 40 areas.