Thursday, 15 October 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Defective Building Materials
149. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the increasing number of homes impacted by defective building materials in County Clare; if he will consider expanding the pyrite and mica scheme to County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30728/20]
The regulations for the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant scheme came in to operation on 31 January 2020. The Dwellings Damaged by the Use of Defective Concrete Blocks in Construction (Remediation) (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2020 provide for a grant scheme of financial assistance to support affected homeowners in the counties of Donegal and Mayo only, to carry out the necessary remediation works to dwellings that have been damaged due to the use of defective concrete blocks.
The scheme opened for applications at the end of June 2020. I have no plans currently to extend it to other local authority areas.