Tuesday, 2 November 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Defective Building Materials
399. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his views on the fact that the extension of the defective blocks scheme is consistently and equivocally referred to as the MICA redress scheme; if his attention has been drawn to the anxiety that this is causing homeowners in County Clare in which pyrite is the issue not MICA; if he will make a commitment to any extension of the scheme to cover homeowners affected by all defective blocks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53030/21]
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. My Department may refer to it as the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme. Any extension of the Scheme to additional local authority areas will ensure that homes, which can demonstrate damage in accordance with the IS:465 protocol and the scheme regulations and guidance, would be eligible to apply for grant assistance to help with the cost of necessary remediation works.