Tipp households will benefit from €24 million for Warmer Homes Scheme – Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment , Denis Naughten, that free energy efficiency upgrades are to be provided to all vulnerable households as part of a €24 million funding allocation under the Warmer Homes Scheme. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the Minister Naughten confirmed the proposal to him at the Energy Action Conference in Croke Park earlier this morning:

“Fuel poverty is something that afflicts tens of thousands of households all around the country and here in Tipperary. We know from the number of applications for exceptional payments in Tipperary that many families are still struggling to keep their homes heated and dry.

It is my sincere hope that the funding announced today by Minister Naughten will be eagerly engaged with by the people and families in our county that require upgrades to their energy system.

As was stated this morning, last year the scheme was expanded to provide deeper retrofit measures to homes in particularly poor condition, but from today the Warmer Homes Scheme will now support all types of wall insulation, including external and crucially replacement windows will be supported under this expansion.

I am appealing to all Tipperary families who might need assistance in any of these areas to make an application to the Department under the Warmer Homes Scheme. It will certainly contribute to a reduction in their energy and heating bills and that is something I think all of us can get behind and support,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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