What progress has been made on the Government’s financial assistance package for owners of leaky homes?
Good progress has been made on the Government’s leaky homes financial assistance package, which we announced on 17 May. Twenty-eight councils are now on board, which collectively represent more than 90 percent of the current leaky home claims. Other councils will be able to opt into the scheme at a later stage. Several meetings and workshops have now been held with the local authorities and banks on developing the operational details of the package. We are certainly on track to have the package up and running by early 2011.
What reports has he received on reaction to the Government’s proposed leaky homes package?
I have been advised by the Department of Building and Housing that up to 145 new weathertightness claims involving 289 homeowners have been lodged since the Government announced its financial assistance package for owners of leaky homes. This means that people recognise that it is a good scheme and it is worthwhile to sign up. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many more potential claimants are waiting for more information before they make a claim. We encourage those people to apply now if they are approaching the 10-year cut-off period in order to determine their eligibility to stop the clock.