Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West, Aindrias Moynihan, is calling for urgent action to reduce the current long waiting times for the surveying and the commencement of works under the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme.
Deputy Aindrias Moynihan commented: “This scheme is designed to deliver a range of energy efficiency measures free of charge to low-income households vulnerable to energy poverty.”
“To leave vulnerable households and persons on such long waiting lists places them in a precarious position”.
Deputy Moynihan raised the current delays with the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, but disputes the timeframe provided by the Minister which indicated the allocation of a surveyor should be expected within 8 months.
“I have been informed, by the Minister, that the average waiting time from application to completion under this scheme stands at 18 months. I must contest this timeline as dismayed constituents of mine have informed me of waiting times up to 24 months, without even a surveyor assigned”.
The Cork North West TD added: “I call for both the SEAI and the Minister to escalate the urgency in clearing this backlog so these works can commence for people affected by these long waiting times. I will be following up with the Minister on it.”