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Blind Welfare Allowance

The Blind Welfare Allowance is a means-tested payment from the Health Service Executive to people who are blind or visually impaired. The allowance is paid to eligible people from 18 years of age.

Rules:

  • You may qualify for Blind Welfare Allowance, if you are:
  • Getting Blind Pension from the Department of Social Protection  Or

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Housing Grants and Entitlements

This page provides information on all aspects of housing and accommodation for people with physical disabilities in Ireland. The page covers accommodation options for people with physical disabilities together with information on the range of funding grants and support services available to facilitate independent living.
"Housing is much more than shelter in modern society; it is the base from which people participate in society and can reflect as well as dictate their level of participation"

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Housing (General)

housing estateBuying a House
Local Authority House Purchase Loans: A single income household where the income was below €32,000 in the previous tax year may qualify for a house purchase loan. The income limit for a two income household is €80,000 (a special formula is used to calculate your income). Where a person`s only source of income is a social welfare payment they are most unlikely to be considered.

Apply to your local authority..Click here for a list of local authorities in Ireland

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Local Authority Housing

Listed below are summary details about some local authority housing options. For more detailed and local information on any of these or other options please consult the list of local authority housing contact details.

Disabled Persons Housing Grants

These grants are paid where changes need to be made to a home to make it suitable for a person with a physical or intellectual disability or a mentally ill person.

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Blind Persons Pension

Blind Persons Pension (Means Tested)

From Jan 2009

Blind Persons Pension

Personal Rate €204.30
With Qualified Adult €339.30

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Housing Options

This Page covers accommodation options for people with physical disabilities together with information on the range of funding, grants and support services available to facilitate independent living.

Housing Options

In the past, people with physical disability had two choices about where they lived: either at home with, typically, a family member providing care for them or, if that was not possible, in residential care which often meant a hospital bed in a geriatric or psychiatric hospital simply because there was no other support.

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Invalidity Pension

Invalidity Pension is a payment made to people who are permanently incapable of work because of an illness or incapacity.

From Jan 2009
Invalidity Pension

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Housing (Special)

Access_RampMain features applicable in new housing in order to ensure visitability by people with disabilities, as required by amended Part M of the Building Regulations, 2000.

Accessible entrance to the dwelling site or plot. A gateway or other opening with clear opening width of 800 mm suffices.
Level or gently sloping approach to the main door of the dwelling. The approach should have a firm surface, a clear unobstructed width of 900 mm, and a gradient which is preferably not steeper than 1:20 and, in any case, not steeper than 1:12.

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Carer's Benefit

Is a payment made to insured people who leave the workforce to care for a person(s) in need of full-time care and attention.

You can get Carer's Benefit for a total period of 104 weeks for each person being cared for. This may be claimed as a single continuous period or in any number of separate periods up to a total of 104 weeks. However, if you claim Carer's Benefit for less than six consecutive weeks in any given period you must wait for a further six weeks before you can claim Carer's Benefit to care for the same person again.

If you are caring for more than one person, you may receive payment for each care recipient for 104 weeks. This may result in the care periods overlapping or running concurrently.

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