Council spends €500k on private homes

Renovation work.

Renovation work.

County hall has spent €0.5 million upgrading privately owned houses for council house tenants in the past four years.

The Improvement Works in Lieu (IWIL) scheme allows local authorities to improve or extend privately-owned accommodation which is occupied or intended to be occupied by an applicant approved for social housing.

National figures provided to Barry Cowen TD in the Dáil show that more than €502,000 has been spent by Laois County Council under the scheme since 2010.

The most money was spent in 2011 when €183,362 was invested however this fell to almost €51,000 last year to November.




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