Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has, today (Thursday) welcomed the allocation of more than €243,000 to Longford and Westmeath by Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Paudie Coffey, for the adaptation of local authority housing to meet the needs of tenants with disabilities.Longford County Council receives €159,406 in funding while Westmeath County Council has been allocated €83,792.
“This funding has been granted to both County Councils so that improvements can be made to local authority housing for tenants with disabilities.
“Thousands of people are living in local authority housing in Longford and Westmeath and many of these have disabilities. We need to ensure that the people of the locality are living in homes that are fit for purpose and this funding will go a long way towards making the improvements required.
“Where new houses can’t be identified for tenants with disabilities, we must do everything we can to ensure that their houses are more suitable for them to live in and that is what this funding is intended to do.
“It is important that we continue to work to make Longford and Westmeath a better place for people to live. Funding such as this is essential in raising the standard of living for all people in the community.
“The provision of housing is a priority for this Government. As well as building new homes, it is vital that we upgrade the houses where people are already living. This funding is very welcome and I am confident it will make a big difference to many people.”