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Sinn Féin urge greater uptake on Warm Homes Schemes

14 August, 2007


Sinn Féin Anti-Poverty Spokesperson, West Tyrone MLA Claire McGill says that the incorporation of energy efficiency and proper insulation measures into homes are vital elements in the battle against fuel poverty.

Following a meeting Claire McGill held with representatives from the EAGA Partnership, which administers the Warm Homes and Warm Homes Plus Schemes, the MLA said,

"The Warm Homes Scheme is for homeowners, or those who rent from a private landlord, who are under 60, who have children under 16 and is available to people on a wide range of benefits. Under this scheme, a grant of up to £850 is available for the following improvements: cavity wall insulation; loft insulation; draught proofing to windows and doors; hot-water-tank-jackets: energy efficient light bulbs; reflective radiator panels and energy advice.

"The Warm Home Plus Scheme is for homeowners aged over 60 and is available to people on a wide range of benefits. As well measures contained in the Warm Homes package a grant of up to £4300 is available for the installation of a new energy efficient oil or gas central heating system, or the repair or upgrade of an existing one.

"It is clear that there are many more householders eligible for grant assistance towards making their homes warmer, healthier and energy efficient than those who have so far have taken up the grants.

"The incorporation of Warm Home measures into your home will help to substantially cut home energy bills and as such are key elements in combating fuel poverty.

"If anyone is uncertain about their eligibility for the Warm Homes Schemes the EAGA Partnership can be contacted on the Freephone number: 0800 181 667. Alternatively Warm Home Scheme Application forms are also available at your local Sinn Fein Constituency Office where assistance can be also be provided in helping to fill them in." ENDS

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