Dillon announces allocation of €2m to Mayo voluntary and community providers

Deputy Alan Dillon has announced funding of €2million for 29 Mayo community-based and voluntary health and social care providers.

The funding is being provided on a once-off basis as part of measures to ease the cost-of-living pressures.

Deputy Dillon said: “In budget 2023, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform announced funding to assist various sectors with costs related to energy inflation, including €100 million targeted at a range of health funded bodies including nursing homes, hospices and section 39 organisations.

‘As a result of this, 29 voluntary and community providers in Mayo will receive a minimum payment of €1,000 over the coming weeks. €10 million of this funding has already been located to fund the Temporary Inflation Payment Scheme for private and voluntary nursing homes. Homes can claim up to €5,250 per month to cover up to 75% of their energy costs from July to December 2022.

‘The recipients of the fund that is being announced today include many worthwhile Mayo groups. These include €1,568,605 for Western Care Association; €101,219 for the Rehab Group; €84,509 for The Cheshire Foundation and €28,848 for Enable Ireland Disability Services.”

A full list of funding recipients is included below.

Nationally, €81m will be allocated to 1,450 organisations as part of the Government’s ‘Inflation Fund’.

Deputy Dillon said: “Voluntary organisations in Mayo play absolutely vital roles in providing frontline services to the most vulnerable in our society: people with disabilities, older people, those suffering from addiction, mental health problems and life-limiting illnesses. Many of these service providers have faced serious pressures in light of high inflation in 2022. I hope that this additional once-off funding will go some way towards recognising those costs.”