Call For Northern Ireland Boiler Scrappage Scheme

January 31, 2010
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A Boiler Scrappage Scheme akin to the one currently in place in England has been called for in Northern Ireland.

Chair of the Stormont Social Development Committee, Simon Hamilton has asked for serious consideration to be given to the introduction of a Boiler Scrappage Scheme, noting that as well as improving energy efficiency, such an incentive would provide an economic stimulus for both local manufacturers and installers of boilers and renewable heating systems.

At present the Boiler Scrappage Scheme in England has not been extended to any of the devolved regions, but following similar recent calls from both the Welsh and Scottish assemblies, Northern Ireland is now asking for such a scheme to be introduced.

Hamilton said that based on the clear advantages the scheme will bring for England, it is essential that the introduction of a similar scheme in Northern Ireland is given careful consideration. 

The Social Development Committee has already raised the issue with a motion being tabled for debate in the Assembly to examine the scope for the introduction of a similar scheme at some future stage.

Support for a Boiler Scrappage Scheme from the devolved assemblies can be registered at the following petition site: http://reheatbritain.org.uk/

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