Friday, 7 July 2023
Donegal County Council acknowledges the announcement by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in relation to the introduction of the Enhanced Grant Scheme. The Enhanced Scheme has replaced the previous scheme and will bring significant and improved changes to assist homeowners who have been impacted and affected by the presence of deleterious materials, to have their homes remediated.
Both Donegal County Council and the Housing Agency have roles in the implementation of the new Scheme. The Council’s role is changed significantly and involves the administration of the scheme, including the validation of applications and the issuing of payments. The Council does not have any engineering role within the new Scheme.
New Applications under the Enhanced Scheme
The Council has undertaken significant work preparing for the implementation of the new scheme, and the existing Online Application System is being updated to reflect same. The Council will be in a position to receive applications online under the Enhanced Scheme from Monday 10th July 2023.
In the meantime, and in preparation for making applications, homeowners are encouraged to review the ‘Guidelines’ together with ‘Your Questions Answered’ as issued by the Department. These can be found on the Department website at: https://www.gov.ie/en/service/8002e-enhanced-defective-concrete-blocks-grant-scheme/ .
Existing applications made under the previous scheme
In parallel with receiving new applications, there is now a requirement for the existing 1296 applications made under the previous scheme, to transition to the new Enhanced Scheme. This will involve the calculation of grant amounts due under the Enhanced Scheme. Given the volume of applications, this is likely to take a period of time to complete.
These applications are within 2 broad categories as follows:
That, in the early stages of implementing the new scheme, the Council are taking a high volume of calls and queries. Council staff are currently familiarising themselves with the guidelines just received, and the Council appreciate homeowners’ continued patience and understanding as staff manage this heightened workload, during the initial implementation period