Limerick City and County Council implement new procedures in relation to the approval of the following home improvement grants:
- Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability
- Housing Grant for Older People
- Home Improvement Loan Scheme
These schemes are deemed essential services, as they are exclusively available for those citizens who are in the ‘at risk’ category for contracting Covid-19.
Therefore to minimise any additional risk to the grant applicants and Limerick City and County Council staff of contracting Covid-19, the Council has introduced the following new procedures. This procedure will avoid staff having to visit the house in question and will keep the process moving.
- Initial Inspection - Rather than inspecting the house personally before grant approval is given, staff from the Council will rely on the Occupational Therapist’s report, photographs of the relevant area of the house taken by the applicant/ family member, and any key relevant dimensions supplied by the occupant/ family member in its decision to approve/ refuse the grant.
- Final Inspection - Limerick City and County Council will again rely on photographs of the completed work supplied by the applicant/ family member and a signed declaration (available from the Design & Delivery Department).
These grants are paid to private homeowners who organise the work directly with a contractor. Therefore, if contractors pull back from pricing this type of work in occupied houses, Limerick City and County Council is not in control of this and cannot intervene.
This new procedure will continue for as long as the government deems the current Covid-19 crisis over.