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Successful Warm Homes scheme must not be ended - McCann

25 February, 2014 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA for west Belfast Fra McCann has raised concerns regarding the discontinuation of the Warm Homes Scheme.

Fra McCann said this scheme which, over this past number of years has helped local people avail of advice and assistance towards weatherproofing and insulating their homes, will be a loss

Speaking today Mr McCann said:

“The warm homes scheme was an effective programme aimed at reducing energy costs and insulating many peoples homes.

“Now we see that such a successful scheme is to be discontinued. This is at a time when fuel poverty and the need for people to reduce costs and effectively heat their homes is rising.

“We need to place an emphasis on such schemes as it helps at a number of levels. The scheme itself creates employment, it helps reduce the ever-increasing fuel bills and is environmentally sound.

“We need clarity from the minister for Social Development as to why this scheme is being brought to an end. Is it being moved into the remit of the new council structures and why are we not strengthening schemes such as this?

“What we need is one scheme in place to do this work across the board – not 11 separate schemes under the new councils, causing duplication and extra costs that could be invested into the delivery of Warms Homes.”

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