Overend welcomes Boiler Scrappage Scheme

ULSTER Unionist MLA for Mid-Ulster, Sandra Overend, has raised her voice in welcome to the recent funding to support a boiler scrappage scheme for homes across Northern Ireland.

Sandra, who is the Economy spokesperson for the Ulster Unionist Party, said: “I am pleased to welcome the announcement by the Minister for Social Development of plans to introduce funding for a £12 million boiler replacement scheme for homes across Northern Ireland.

“This scheme is a fantastic opportunity, not only for people who want to switch to gas but it is also relevant to anyone who struggles with fuel payments as a result of inefficient boilers.”

“The UK Government launched a Boiler scrappage scheme which led to many benefits for homes across England and Wales but, unfortunately, Northern Ireland was left out of these plans.

“Owing to the high levels of fuel poverty experienced in Northern Ireland and the heavy reliance on heating oil, the boiler scrappage scheme is a most welcome necessity.”

The Assemblywoman continued: “The scrappage scheme announced by the Minister offers the real potential to significantly reduce the amount of energy used by homes therefore cutting energy bills and lowering domestic Co2 emissions.

“Moreover, it provides an important boost for gas and boiler installers offering added employment and trade which is vitally important particularly during this difficult economic period.”

The boiler scrappage scheme will be launched in September and will be open to owner occupiers who earn less than £40,000 and have an inefficient boiler at least 15 years old.

“If you think you may be eligible I encourage you to call 0300 200 7874 for further information or contact my Mid-Ulster Advice Office, 1 High Street Moneymore, on 028 8674 8090.”

“I encourage all constituents to register for this grant in order to avail of the benefits stemming from a more energy efficient home particularly before winter,” she said.