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Green Rates Rebate need to be extended to Social and Rental Housing sectors. – Sinn Féin

8 January, 2009 - by Jennifer McCann

West Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann has called on the Minister of Finance & Personnel, Nigel Dodds, to ensure that the Green Rates Rebate is extended to include the social rented sector.

Speaking following a meeting of the Finance & Personnel Committee earlier today Ms McCann said:

"By not extending the "Green" rate relief scheme to those who qualify within the social rented sector you will exclude people who have carried out energy saving measures to their homes at their own cost.

"Responsibility to ensure that socially rented homes are made energy efficient and therefore electricity and heating bills are kept to a minimum ultimately rests with the Housing Executive and other housing associations. However the reality is some people have put those energy saving measures into their homes themselves because of the rising costs of oil, gas and electricity.

"Other energy efficiency schemes such as the Warm Homes Scheme and the NIE Energy cashback scheme also need to be delivered on the basis of need and targeted to tackle fuel poverty.

"People renting in the social housing sector and who qualify for a green rate rebate in their homes should not be penalised in any way."

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