Mica homeowners will not be able to take legal action if they sign up to state’s redress scheme

The clause, contained in the general scheme of the mica bill, is likely to impact hundreds of homeowners who have signed up to a legal action

It is understood that more than 800 clients have signed up to a co-ordinated legal action over the issue of defective concrete blocks. Picture: Getty

Hundreds of homeowners could be denied access to money they win through legal cases if they enter into the state’s redress scheme for houses damaged by defective blocks, under new plans approved by the government.

The cabinet yesterday agreed the general scheme of a bill to underpin the defective blocks bill, which provides compensation to homeowners whose houses are damaged by mica or pyrite.

The general scheme contains a clause which stipulates that the “state ...