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Alternatives being considered under Warm Homes Scheme - Doherty

20 November, 2008

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has welcomed the fact that consideration is now being given to providing 'alternatives' to the type of heating systems installed under the Warm Homes Scheme including the possibility of dual heating systems.

The local MP said,

"On foot of representations from constituents concerned at the continuing fluctuations in home heating costs and the limited options currently available under the Warm Homes Scheme, I submitted a written question to Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie asking if consideration was being given to the installation of alternative heating systems such as dual heating systems and wood pellet boilers under the Warm Homes Scheme.

"In response the Minister has confirmed that consideration is now being given to providing more flexibility in terms of choice for Warm Homes Scheme applicants.

"One of the proposed changes to the Scheme is the introduction of some renewable technologies, such as wood pellet boilers, for hard to treat properties. She also said that her officials are currently working with Housing Executive colleagues to agree a new technical specification for heating installations and are discussing the feasibility of dual heating systems.

"I very much welcome these proposals as they recognise the need to adapt the Scheme to provide flexibility to future applicants in terms of securing the type of heating system that best suits their needs." ENDS

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