Thursday, 31 January 2019

Ceisteanna (206)

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

206. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of homes upgraded under the warmth and well-being scheme per annum since its inception; the average cost per home; and the amount spent to date under the scheme. [4862/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme was established in 2016 as a joint energy, social and health policy initiative with the Department of Health and cross Government support from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. The Scheme was designed to objectively measure and validate the health and wellbeing impacts of improving the living conditions of vulnerable people living in energy poverty with chronic respiratory conditions, demonstrating the multiple benefits of energy efficiency. The scheme was established as a pilot in HSE Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) 7, specifically Dublin 8, 10, 12, 22 & 24.

In total, 886 homes in the pilot area have now been upgraded with an investment of €19.26m to end 2018. The average cost of the scheme is €22,000 per home. An independent analysis is being carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with the Health Service Executive. Interim findings will be available this year, which will help guide future decisions on the programme.

The number of homes completed under the scheme for each year 2016 – 2018 is set out in the following table.

2016

2017

2018

Better Energy Warmth & Wellbeing Scheme

No. of Homes Completed

No. of Homes Completed

No. of Homes Completed

Dublin

71

360

455