CHANGES in how home insulation grants are administered mean council tenants will no longer be left out in the cold, according to Labour’s Cllr Joe Leddin.
“I have campaigned and highlighted this issue for years whereby only those houses that were empty or void were eligible for upgrade and retrofitting. I have received numerous calls from existing long-term tenants who have had to suffer and watch as empty houses beside them where substantially upgraded prior to re-letting. The previous scheme did not allow for works to be done to houses with existing tenants,” he explained.
Cllr Leddin said Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan had approved changes in eligibility terms that would allow tenants have the insulation improvement works carried out - as long as they are not in arrears with rent.
“The new housing grants scheme will allow for works such as attic insulation, boiler lagging, pipe insulation and so on to be carried out on each house,” Cllr Leddin said, adding that upgrading all housing stock to an acceptable standard remained a huge challenge.