New energy efficiency grants available in York

A new two-year project to help improve the energy efficiency of the private homes of lower-income households in York is being launched this week by City of York Council.

cavity-wall-insulation-illustration-244136Grants and loans will be available to less well off households towards the cost of cavity wall and loft insulation. A small number of grants are also available to insulate loft extensions and solid walls.

Households with annual incomes below £20,000 per year could receive 100 per cent funding whilst those with annual incomes between £20,000 and £35,000 could receive 75 per cent towards the cost of the improvements.

Qualifying households will be in the five priority wards:

  • Micklegate,
  • Guildhall,
  • Holgate,
  • Clifton and
  • Fishergate.

These have been identified as having higher numbers of poorly-insulated privately rented or owned homes and where households suffer higher rates of fuel poverty.

City of York Council will be working with Willmott Dixon to deliver these energy efficiency measures through the Better Homes Yorkshire framework set up to support the ten local authorities in the Leeds City Region to work together to secure funding and improve properties.

This funding follows the council’s Northern Health and Housing Summit ‘Better Homes, Better Health’ held in York in June this year, when the impact of cold and how to tackle it was a central theme.

Research commissioned by the council from the Building Research Establishment identified that cold homes are associated with a range of poor health outcomes such as respiratory andcirculatory problems, and can exacerbate certain conditions including asthma, diabetes. Recovery following hospital discharge can also take longer and sometimes increases the risk of conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Eligible residents living in the priority wards who need cavity wall or loft insulation should contact the council’s Housing Standards and Adaptations team on 01904 552300 or email housing.standards@york.gov.uk. Residents not living in these wards but who have low incomes with high heating costs may also be eligible for help and should also call 01904 552300.

For help with energy debts or other advice contact Citizens Advice York on 03444 111 444, visit www.yorkcab.org.uk; or contact Age UK York on 01904 627995.

£243,000 of funding is being provided for York by the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership as part of a £5 million programme across the ten city region councils. This scheme has received investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

Councillor David Carr, Leader of City of York Council and Executive Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods said: “York has a relatively low proportion of privately-owned homes with high energy efficiency rates – indeed our social housing tends to be better insulated and more energy efficient. This funding recognises and builds on work which has already halved heating bills for some of our most vulnerable residents. This £243,000 is a major opportunity for families and households on lower incomes who have high heating bills, and I hope they will take it up to prevent issues associated with excess cold.”

Councillor Andrew Waller, Executive Member for the Environment, said: “Improving energy efficiency will improve the quality of life for over 100 households in York. It shows how applying ‘One Planet York’ working will help people whose incomes are most stretched by their fuel bills, whilst at the same time cut carbon emissions.”

 

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