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Written Answers - Departmental Programmes

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 156.  Deputy Brendan Ryan Information on Brendan Ryan Zoom on Brendan Ryan  asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  if he will consider opening the better energy scheme to local authority tenants on [355]the proviso that the tenants will pay any balance of costs above the individual grant threshold; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3026/12]

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Information on Pat Rabbitte Zoom on Pat Rabbitte The Better Energy programme, which is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland on behalf of my Department, provides energy efficiency upgrades in privately owned homes. The Warmer Homes Scheme specifically fully funds energy efficiency upgrades in vulnerable private owned houses. Since 2004, retrofitting measures in local authority housing are undertaken as part of the local authority-owned housing improvement works programme. The Programme is the responsibility for the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government.

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government advise that the Social Housing Improvement Programme, is provided to Housing Authorities to undertake improvement works to occupied and vacant social housing units, including works to improve the energy efficiency and general standard of the houses concerned. Some €31 million was made available for this purpose in 2011.

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