Almost €8m in disability funding left unspent

Only a fifth of a fund set aside for accommodation for people with disabilities was spent in 2016.

Around €8m has yet to be accessed from the €10m set aside to help people with disabilities move from campus accommodation to living independently.

Sinn Féin Deputy Eoin Ó Broin wants the Government to do more to inform people of how to access the fund.

"It's absolutely shocking that almost €8m has been left unspent, that could be assisting people who are currently living in congregated settings with disabilities to move back out into the community and live independent lives," he said.

"Clearly, Government is not doing enough to advertise this fund and this facility and they need to be doing more both in terms of a direct information campaign for the Department of Housing, and for the HSE and local authorities."

More in this Section

Noonan: Irish exporters will be 'able to cope' under no-deal Brexit

Brexit Q&A: What have they done this time?

'A secret no child should have to carry': Man and woman recall 'absolute horror' of abuse by Christian Brother

Decision to close Limerick hospital ward criticised


Lifestyle

The mother of all gifts: Here are some ideas for how to treat your mum this Mother's Day

Blue Planet: Diving in for live show

GameTech: Looted and booted for ‘Fortnite 8’

A family in double trouble

More From The Irish Examiner