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Gildernew announces money to tackle fuel poverty in rural homes

17 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA and the Social Development Minister have announced funds totalling £2.4million through the Warm Homes Scheme, to provide a package of insulation measures and energy efficiency tailored to the needs of rural dwellings. This includes an increase of £400k to the Warm Homes budget to fund energy efficiency improvements for rural homes.

Around 630 rural homes will now get the insulation and heating improvements they urgently need.

Ms Gildernew said:

"This is a great boost for hundreds of people living in rural dwellings, especially in this climate of economic hardship.

"People living in these areas are often greatly disadvantaged when it comes to fuel. This is due to their distance from supplier, reliance on oil, and the fact that many rural homes tend to be old, solid walled and thus harder and more expensive to insulate.

"This agreement today means that these harder to heat homes can now benefit from the full range of energy efficiency grants available to them." ENDS

Note to Editors

As these homes are already on the waiting list to be surveyed and have the work carried out, it is anticipated that work on all 630 homes will be completed by March next year, providing much needed fuel efficiency to them all.

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