South Tipperary Fine Gael T.D. has welcomed the announcement by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government today (20 March, 2012) that South Tipperary local authorities are to receive over €4.3 million in funding from the housing capital allocation. The allocations will support investment under the national regeneration programme, works to improve the standard and energy efficiency of the national social housing stock as well as meeting commitments under existing contracts for delivering social and voluntary houses.
“I am delighted to see such a large sum being devoted to South Tipperary, particularly given that the overall housing budget had declined substantially in recent years. This money will allow local authorities to protect budgets for homelessness, regeneration, and grants for the elderly and disabled.” remarked Deputy Hayes.
“For some time now I have seen a steadily growing need for more social housing, and this money will allow us to deliver bigger numbers of social housing schemes in a variety of different ways. In total, this Government announcement today will see over €251 million being invested in these schemes this year alone.
“South Tipperary will see €927,641 being spent to increase the housing supply in the constituency. The vast bulk of the investment, €3,406,350, will be spent on improving and regenerating the current housing stock. This will include improving energy efficiency in council homes, as well as bringing vacant houses back into productive use” concluded Tom Hayes.