Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2980, 2981)

John Brady

Question:

2980. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of retrofitting grant applications from the Bray municipal district area; the number agreed and rejected, respectively; the number taken up; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34502/19]

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John Brady

Question:

2981. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of public housing stock retrofitted by both deep and shallow retrofits, respectively provided in County Wicklow by LEA in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34503/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2980 and 2981 together.

The Energy Efficiency Programme for local authority housing, introduced in 2013, is designed to improve the insulation standards and overall energy performance of local authority housing stock. The programme is implemented in two phases: Phase 1 which aims to ensure that the entire social housing stock has, as a minimum, cavity wall and attic insulation and Phase 2, which focuses on the fabric upgrade works to those dwellings with solid/hollow block wall construction and includes the provision of heating upgrades.

Under the programme, each local authority receives an annual funding allocation and it is their responsibility to select properties for inclusion in the programme, including the blend of properties to be tackled between deep and shallow retrofits. Some 1,639 social homes in County Wicklow have been retrofitted under this programme, with funding support of just under €5 million. As my Department is not involved in the selection of the properties to be retrofitted nor in the decision as to whether they should be tackled as deep or shallow retrofits, information in this regard is not available in my Department but may be available from the County Council directly.