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Pilot Central Heating and Insulation Scheme for Older People Evaluation


The Pilot Central Heating and Insulation Scheme was announced in May 2007 by the then Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal. The scheme was targeted at 150 privately owned homes occupied by people over age 65 with incomes of approximately €30,000 or less per year in the Ballyfermot, Whitehall and Crumlin areas of Dublin. The scheme involved the installation of central heating and insulation to homes which did not have these already installed, as well as upgrades to existing insulation and heating systems. The intention of this scheme was to contribute towards the reduction in fuel poverty in Ireland and to facilitate older people to remain in their own homes and communities for as long as possible through associated health gains. The role of the Centre for Housing Research was to evaluate the scheme. This report details the findings from the evaluation as well as providing some contextual information on similar initiatives.