The value of construction-based grants must be increased

Kildare based Senator Fiona O’Loughlin is calling for the value of grants that relate to refurbishments, retrofitting or construction to be increased.

Senator O’Loughlin said, “It was reported at the beginning of the summer that the overall cost of constructing a home had increased by up to 30%”

“The cost of procuring certain materials has absolutely sky rocketed. The cost of timber, has risen by 30% while the price of sand and gravel rose by 22% in the year. PVC pipes and fittings cost an average of 10.5% more than they did last summer.”

“All of this has a direct impact on the cost of construction for the builder and ultimately the consumer”

“This is having a particularly negative impact on those who are relying on grants to complete works. I have been contacted by people who have been struggling to get works completed within the budget offered by certain grants”

“This is not only affecting large construction projects, or refurbishments it is also affecting those who are receiving Council grants for essential maintenance and repairs. The grant amount in many cases, is simply not enough to carry out the repairs”