To the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government:
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the grants or financial supports available from his Department to assist with the removal of asbestos from residential properties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 12th February, 2013.
Ref No: 6598/13
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. P. Hogan):
My Department does not have any grant available specific to the removal of asbestos from homes. However, the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability provide a range of grants for necessary improvement works or adaptations to houses in order to facilitate the continued independent occupancy of their own homes by older people and people with a disability. These schemes cover works reasonably necessary for the purposes of rendering a house more suitable for the accommodation of applicants, and can in those circumstances include the removal of asbestos.
The schemes are administered by local authorities and it is a matter for each local authority to determine how the funding is apportioned between the various grant measures and to manage the operation of the schemes in their areas from within the capital allocations provided by my Department.
It is recommended that expert advice should be sought in dealing with asbestos materials and if removal is necessary it should only be done by a competent contractor with the required training.