Latest press release from Cllr Mags Crean, issued on Wednesday, 20th November 2019…
Cllr. Mags Crean (Ind) is concerned about a lack of joined up thinking on climate change action as it transpires that Wicklow County Council will not be using a central funding programme to address the retrofitting of windows and doors in social housing stock.
Referring to this funding, Crean explains that “the retrofitting of social housing offers a real and practical way of addressing energy poverty and challenging climate change, yet the funding made available through the programme for energy retrofitting council houses is not being used for windows and doors.
“It is unacceptable that some of my constituents who are living in council housing have single glazed windows and doors in very poor condition, including wooden and aluminium frames. These poor conditions are contributing to damp and condensation and ultimately they render the house entirely energy inefficient.”
Having contacted Wicklow County Council about the funding allocation of €609,223 with regard to retrofitting social housing, Cllr Crean is now deeply concerned with the limitations of this funding scheme. “The council advised that the focus was on fabric upgrades and not windows and doors. They stated that there is no separate funding for window and door replacements and that these could only be done as part of the fabric upgrade scheme or when a property is re-let. They added that they hope to eventually start tackling houses like the ones I mentioned but that this would be subject to funding.”
Crean says that the limits of this funding scheme shows a lack of communication between the Department of Housing and the Department responsible for action on climate change. “For me, there are very practical actions that can be done now to tackle climate change that also have a positive impact for the everyday living conditions of ordinary people. It’s not good enough to have a funding scheme that is not addressing basic needs.
“I have contacted the Department of Housing about this issue as well as the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in the hope that this inadequacy can be addressed and funding is prioritised for windows and doors as well as fabric upgrades.”
You can find out more about Rebuilding Ireland’s Retrofit Scheme here.
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