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Local Authority Funding

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 10 March 2021

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Ceisteanna (397)

Paul McAuliffe

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397. Deputy Paul McAuliffe asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the funding provided to Dublin City Council for retrofitting council properties in each of the years 2015 to 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13069/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department has provided funding support to local authorities for energy efficiency retrofitting works under the Social Housing Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme since 2013 and under the Voids Programme over the period 2014 – 2019. The provision of funding for energy efficiency uprgades in the local authority housing stock will continue under the Governments National Retrofitting Plan.

Budget 2021 provided funding support of €65 million for a newly revised Energy Efficiency Programme, which has been designed around the Programme for Government commitment, with a significant increase in funding support. This programme will see a significant upscaling on what has been completed by local authorities in previous years and will target 2,400 social homes to be upgraded to a Building Energy Rating (BER) of B2 or cost optimal level in 2021.

Over the period 2015-2020 the Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programme has seen €103 million in funding being provided to local authorities for the upgrade and retrofit of social housing stock, of which Dublin City Council has received just over €20 million. Under the Voids programme Dublin City Council has received over €13.5 million towards energy efficiency works. These figures do not include homes which were returned to productive use by Dublin City Council using funding from its own resources.

Requests for funding for 2021 are currently awaited from local authorities by my Department. The table attached sets out the funding provided to Dublin city Council as requested.

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