Improved insulation for over 200 Sefton homes thanks to Council-secured funding
People on low incomes living in over 200 poorly-insulated Sefton homes will benefit from the Council securing almost £2 million of government funding.
At its Annual meeting today, Sefton Council gave the go-ahead for the scheme, which will see 215 homes retrofitted with improved insulation. This will have the effect of reducing fuel costs to keep these homes warm during cold weather and cool during heatwaves.
The £1.9 million Green Homes Grant Local Delivery Scheme funding has come from The Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of the Government’s post COVID-19 response. At its meeting today, Sefton Council formally accepted the funding as well as approving procurement for the work.
Sefton Council Leader, Cllr Ian Maher, said: “By securing this funding, we can help reduce fuel bills for these low-income residents while at the same time improving their homes, reducing local carbon emissions, supporting local jobs and enhancing the communities where these homes are located.”
Sefton Council’s Retrofit Section, which is part of its Energy & Environmental Management Team, will manage the scheme’s delivery. Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will be the accountable body for the grant funding.
Cllr Maher added: “We have identified properties in the Netherton, Litherland and Bootle areas to benefit from this work. They were all constructed in ways that make them hard to insulate without the substantial investment that this funding makes possible.
“Through our Invest Sefton service we will utilise local contractors where possible and the scheme will to contribute to our Regional carbon reduction commitments and Climate Emergency Strategy.”
The grant funding conditions mean the insulation programme must be complete by the 31 December 2021. Contractors will be required to be Trustmark Accredited.
The Council will explore more, similar funding opportunities to upgrade Sefton homes when they become available later in 2021.