East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has questioned the Minister for Communities on The Cavity Wall Insulation report and about the need for defective issues as highlighted in the report to be actioned.
Roy Beggs MLA asked “the Minister for Communities to outline how many of the 135 houses identified in severe or grave need of a repair in the The Cavity Wall Insulation report, produced jointly by South Eastern Regional College and the NI Housing Executive, published in March 2014, have had the defective issues repaired?”
The Communities Minister responded saying “The position on existing CWI throughout Housing Executive stock will be established through its future External Cyclical Maintenance (ECM) programmes by undertaking a representative sample of cavity inspections to determine if the cavity has been filled and, if it has, what condition it is in.
Where dwellings which have already been insulated through cavity wall work and have specific problems associated with this work, the resulting issues will be addressed on a case by case basis. The Housing Executive has advised that it has no current plans to isolate the specific properties contained within the SERC/ NIHE Report from the remainder of its stock. The Housing Executive will bring forward programmes of work related to insulation for properties which have been identified by its recent stock condition survey as in most need. This work will focus on the significant number of properties which have, to date, not benefited from any insulation work.”