Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Dáil Eireann Debate
588. Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources when funding will be provided for the warmer homes scheme to a premises (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4490/10]
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Eamon Ryan): The Warmer Homes Scheme (WHS), managed by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), provides energy efficiency improvements to homes in, or at risk of, fuel poverty and is primarily delivered by community based organisations (CBOs).
Funding agreements for CBOs are generally entered into and reviewed/renewed on an annual basis subject to Exchequer funding allocation to SEI in line with the annual budget allocation process. The CBO in question, which provides essential energy efficiency services to vulnerable low income households in County Limerick and East County Clare, was given an interim direction to proceed with continued delivery of the Warmer Homes Scheme on 18th January 2010. A formal funding agreement for 2010 is expected to be in place with the CBO in the first week in February 2010.
A dedicated WHS hot line — 1800 250 204 — is now in operation and all queries on delivery dates for individual households and/or funding agreements are dealt with instantaneously. In addition, the WHS programme manager, Mr Michael Martin of SEI, is available to deal with queries on 042 939 1548.
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