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Budget 2013 - Warmer homes scheme maintained

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 03:05 PM

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Minister Pat Rabbitte

Budget 2013 saw current spending being largely maintained at 2012 levels with Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

There has been an increase in funding for the roll out of fast broadband to secondary schools by €1m (to €3m) as 200 more schools are provided with 100Mbps broadband bringing the total number of schools connected to 500 (the remaining 250 schools will be connected in 2014).

Funding for the Digital Hub is being maintained at its previous level continuing to support 60 companies providing employment for more than 800 jobs. The Warmer Homes Scheme will see its funding remain at €20m. The scheme provides 100 per cent funding for energy efficiency improvements in the homes of elderly and vulnerable people, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost-effective to run.

Increased funding of €1m has been provided for the Knowledge Society activities. The rolling out of the National Digital Strategy will be funded with €2.9m boosting the use of the internet, SMEs and the educational sector. It will also support the continuation of the Benefit scheme which prioritises internet training for older people, the long-term unemployed among others.

An allocation of €35m seed funding which will be matched by private sector funding to create an Energy Efficiency Fund that would allow public and commerical organisations to finance energy efficiency projects.

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