Tipperary benefits under Government housing programmes

A total of 184 works have been carried out in Tipperary under the home renovation incentive, since its inception in last year’s Budget.

A total of 184 works have been carried out in Tipperary under the home renovation incentive, since its inception in last year’s Budget.

The incentive provides tax relief to homeowners who undertake renovation and improvement to their property, using tax compliant tradespeople.

“In a great boost to the local economy, a total of €2,633,173 has been spent in Tipperary under the Government’s home renovation incentive. This sizeable spend shows how much interest there is in the scheme locally, with homeowners taking up the offer to receive a cash boost for getting works done to their property.” said Miniser of the Environment Alan Kelly.

Welcoming the figures, he said it was good news not just for Tipperary homeowners, but also for construction workers and retailers, creating a boost for the local economy.

“The scheme also helps tackle the black economy, by making it more attractive to hire registered carpenters, tilers, builders, electricians, among others, instead of rogue or illegitimate operators,” said Minister Kelly.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael’s Deputy Noel Coonan said that the funding to improve the social housing stock in Tipperary will improve the lives of many social housing tenants.

A total of €445,056 will be allocated to local authorities for adaptations and extensions to social houses to meet the needs of tenants with a disability or to address serious overcrowding. A further €1.222m will be allocated to local authorities for energy retrofitting works to social houses. This announcement is part of a €23m national scheme to improve social housing.

“By improving people’s homes, this funding will directly improve the quality of many social housing units in Tipperary. These very important improvement works will directly benefit the people living in these homes and will serve as a sensible long term investment in our social housing stock.

“There will also be an upgrading of the energy efficiency of local authority homes. This is part of a three-year national jobs stimulus programme that will see the energy efficiency of 25,000 of the poorest insulated local authority homes improved,” said Deputy Coonan.

As part of the programme of energy retrofitting social houses, there will be a particular focus on improving attic and wall insulation.