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Government Pledge £80 Million to Slash Energy Bills for Social Housing
On Monday, 2nd October, the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero announced £80 million in additional grant funding to upgrade the heating and energy efficiency of England’s social homes. The Department estimates that the additional funding with benefit an extra 9,500 social housing tenants by lowering their bills by £240 a year on average. It forms part of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF).
Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer has argued that “With energy bills eating up a growing portion of household budgets, it makes total sense for the Government to help those whose pockets are most stretched in our city and improve the energy efficiency of our social housing stock. We will see a long-term return on this investment which will outlive the current cost-of-living crisis”. In July 2023, 725 homes across Plymouth benefited from more than £7 million of investment from SHDF.
Also of note is the important contribution that SHDF will make to the UK’s net zero ambitions. Making this point, Secretary of State for Energy Security Claire Coutinho reasoned that “We are delivering net zero in a way that supports the British public and does not burden hardworking families with additional costs.” SHDF has already benefited 100,000 households and forms part of a wider £6.6 billion programme of investment in clean heat and improving energy efficiency in this Parliament.
It is anticipated that eligible Social Housing Landlords, including local authorities and housing associations, will be able to apply for the next wave of funding (Wave 2.2) from mid-November. More information can be found out about Wave 2.2 here.