Warmer homes could be on the way for "hundreds of people in Galway", according to a local TD, following the extension of a scheme that could help people on limited means and living in poor conditions renovate their accommodation.
Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, announced this week that people who meet the eligibility criteria for the Warmer Homes Scheme, and who were living in a home "in particularly poor condition" would be entitled to receive a "new deep retrofit" which would significantly upgrade their home free of charge.
These deeper renovations will provide for solid wall insulation, mechanical ventilation systems and renewable heating solutions. In addition, those who previously received attic or loft insulation under the scheme but did not have their cavity walls treated can be revisited to receive wall insulation now, and may also be eligible for the deeper renovations.
Currently, the Warmer Homes Scheme applies to non-Local Authority homes constructed before 2006, whose owners are in receipt of the Fuel Allowance, Family Income Supplement, or One Parent Family Payment.
The update of the scheme has been welcomed by Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish. “I’m delighted to see this scheme is to be further enhanced," he said. "It could transform the homes of hundreds of people with limited means generally living in older, run-down, cold homes that they can’t afford to do up."