Essential support for the public through Government backed Help to Heat schemes
Witham MP Priti Patel has written to local authorities and social housing providers following the recent announcement of further funding for the Government’s Help to Heat scheme.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced the next phase of funding for the scheme totalling £1.5bn, which will include up to £800m for local authorities and registered providers of social housing from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, and up to £700m for local authorities from the Home Upgrade Grant.
The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund supports the installation of energy performance measures in social homes, while the Home Upgrade Grant scheme provides funding to local authorities for energy performance upgrades through installation of multiple energy-efficiency measures and low-carbon heating sources.
This investment is part of the overall Help to Heat schemes, which provide support for members of the public, including those on lower income or in vulnerable households, to find targeted support that can help make homes warmer and cheaper to heat. The Government’s online service (www.gov.uk/improve-energy-efficiency) can help constituents make informed choices on potential energy efficiency measures in their homes, including through the boiler upgrade scheme, local authority delivery scheme, energy company obligation as well as the aforementioned home upgrade grant and social housing decarbonisation fund.
“Priti said: This latest round of important funding will help upgrade the energy efficiency of homes in the Witham constituency, with a number of postcodes throughout the constituency eligible for grants. I appreciate that there is a lot of concern with the cost of living and rising energy bills, and upgrades to eligible homes will help the average household save hundreds of pounds a year on their energy bill whilst also reducing their reliance on fossil fuels. I have written to our local councils and registered social housing providers with information on these schemes, and look forward to seeing their applications for funding.”