Warmer Home Scheme payment will open to Louth families in receipt of domiciliary care

Householders in need of energy efficiency upgrades worth an average of €3,000 can apply

Tia Clarke

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Tia Clarke

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tia.clarke@dundalkdemocrat.ie

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The Warmer Home Scheme payment will open to families in receipt of domiciliary care

TD for Louth and East Meath, Fergus O'Dowd has said that families in receipt of Domiciliary Care Allowance are to be included in the “Warmer Home Scheme” being delivered through the SEAI.

The comments from O'Dowd come after Minister for Communications, Climate Action, and Environment, Denis Naughten announced the Government had signed off on extending the free “Warmer Home Scheme” to families who were in receipt of the Domiciliary Care Allowance since January 1st 2018.

The Domiciliary Care Allowance is a monthly payment made to the family or guardian of a child under 16 with a severe disability.

Fergus O'Dowd said: "There is a significant way to go to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our society but measures like this can make a huge difference."

The Warmer Home Scheme is currently open to people who are in receipt of Fuel allowance, Job Seekers Allowance for more than six months, Family Income Supplement and the One-Parent Family Payment.

The Warmer Home Energy scheme provides packages to householders in need of energy efficiency upgrades worth an average of €3,000. Some of the measures are for attic and cavity wall insulation, draught proofing, lagging jackets and low energy light bulbs.

O'Dowd added: "The Minister also announced that there will be up to €28 Million available to Community Energy Projects in 2018 and my hope is that local organisations such as the Dunleer Community Development Board will be in a position to benefit from the scheme and build on their fantastic work to date."

Please visit www.seai.ie/grants/home-grants/warmer-homes-scheme/ or more information.