Energy upgrade scheme widened
The Warmth & Well-being pilot scheme provides extensive energy-efficiency upgrades free of charge to the homes of people who are in energy poverty and living with respiratory conditions.
In 2016, the scheme was open to people over the age of 55. In 2017, it will be broadened to include families with young children who have a chronic respiratory condition.
It was previously available only to residents of Dublin 12 and 24. Now it is being extended to Dublin 8, 10 and 22. Ireland has some of the highest rates of respiratory illness in the world.
In Ireland, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is estimated to affect over 380,000 adults, is responsible for 10pc of all hospital admissions and almost a quarter of all deaths. It is also estimated that more than 470,000 adults and children suffer from asthma.
This results in an extra 20,000 A&E hospital visits, leading to 15,000 bed nights being taken up by asthma sufferers in our hospitals each year.
Health & Living