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Minister announces £6m to help older people live independently in their home

A £6 million investment to help older people in Wales live independently in their own home has been announced by Lesley Griffiths, the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty.

The continued Welsh Government funding supports the essential work of the Care and Repair service, which provides adaptations such as ramps, handrails, and safety alarms, to enable older people to live safely in their own homes.

Lesley Griffiths said:

“Care and Repair and the Rapid Response Adaptations Programme help transform the lives of more than 40,000 older people across Wales every year. By providing relatively small home adaptations, these services enable people to continue to live safely in the homes they love with the dignity they deserve.

As people across Wales live longer, healthier lives, such preventative measures play an increasingly important role in supporting our health and social services.

Recognising this, we have worked hard to protect the Care and Repair budget as much as possible, in spite of the £1.4bn cuts imposed on us by the UK Government. While it is, of course, necessary for all our programmes to make efficiency savings in the current financial climate, I’m proud the £6 million I have announced today will ensure many older people across Wales can retain their independence.”

Of the £6,037,000 funding announced £5, 468,000 will go to Care and Repair Agencies to enable them to carry out vital home-improvement works, with £569,000 awarded to Care and Repair Cymru, which co-ordinates and supports the local agencies.

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