Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Council Must Show Stronger Commitment to Elderly Tenants

Council Must Show Stronger Commitment to Elderly Tenants

Cllr Henry Cremin last night expressed his disappointment at the Council’s failure to give a firm commitment to servicing the boilers of its elderly tenants this winter.

In response to a question from the Sinn Féin representative, council management stated they would arrange the servicing of gas central heating boilers for council tenants “subject to funding” and give priority to the elderly “as far as practical and within available resources”.

Commenting, Cllr Cremin said:

“While it is welcome that the council has agreed to look at the issue of servicing the boilers of elderly tenants this winter, I am disappointed that management have no been able to give me a firmer commitment.”

“Several elderly constituents have approached me in the past few weeks, anxious to find out whether their heating systems will be overhauled before the cold months ahead. Most of them are on small incomes and depend on the council to carry out this work. While I understand the financial constraints on the local authority in the current climate, this is an area that should be given priority. Hundreds of elderly people die from a combination of fuel poverty and cold in Ireland every winter. The work I am looking to have carried out for elderly tenants could literally save lives.”

For further information or comment contact Cllr Henry Cremin @ 086-2662874

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