Beggs highlights need to increase local referrals to Affordable Warmth Scheme

Roy Beggs MLA, who lighted that the smallest number of referral to the NIHE of the Affordable Warmth Scheme of any council area were from the Mid and East Antrim Council has written to the council to urge even more proactive working to identify more who might benefit from improved insulation, home or heating system improvement.

Roy Beggs MLA said, “I am pleased that throughout NI, there has been a considerable up-lift in the take up of the Affordable Warmth Scheme and more are benefiting from the home improvements designed to reduce fuel poverty. However, it is disappointing that Mid and East Antrim Council had the lowest number of referrals for the Affordable Warmth Scheme to the NIHE, of any council.

In addition, Antrim and Newtownabbey Council has the second lowest number of homes helped.   I have pressed departmental officials and written to both these council to try to ensure that more residents from Carrickfergus and Larne and Newtownabbey could benefit from the scheme”


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