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9 January 2007

Stevenson Welcomes Funding Boost for Older and Disabled Homeowners in Aberdeenshire

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed news that Aberdeenshire Council will receive an extra £272,000 this year to fund adaptations to the homes of older people and others with disabilities to help them to continue to live independently.

The funding is part of a package from Communities Scotland, announced by Communities and Sports Minister Stewart Maxwell, which provides an extra £15 million for the Private Sector Housing Grant (PSHG) bringing the total to £82 million in 2007/2008. The additional funding will also help local authorities prepare to implement the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, which gives them powers to create new services, such as specialist advice, available to homeowners who need to repair and improve their homes.

Commenting, Mr. Stevenson said:

"These extra funds will allow Aberdeenshire Council to raise the standard of living for some of the most vulnerable residents in our area.

"This will help older and disabled people in Banff & Buchan adapt their homes to support them to live independently, and will enable the Council to fund new approaches to helping owners fund repairs and improvements."

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