My Department has operated an Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme for local authority social housing since 2013, under which over 70,700 social homes have been insulated to date with funding support from the exchequer of some €139 million. The budget for this programme in 2019 is €25 million. Under the scheme to date Wicklow County Council have retrofitted over 1,900 units of their social housing stock with funding support from my Department of over €5.3 million.
I am pleased to say support for this important programme will continue in 2020, with a further €25 million being made available in grant aid to the local authorities. The budget for 2021 and beyond is not yet decided and will be subject to the annual estimates process.
My Department will commence working with all local authorities shortly regarding their work proposals and funding requirements for 2020, following which allocations will be made. The number of social homes to be targeted in 2020, and for subsequent years, will depend on the work proposals and priorities submitted from the local authorities.