Funding to help cut people’s energy bills reaches £6m

Back

Almost 1,200 households across the Leeds City Region are being supported out of fuel poverty thanks to a £6m investment into energy efficiency measures from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

A total of £5m had already been committed to improve hard-to-insulate homes in Leeds, Bradford, Selby, Harrogate, York, Craven, Barnsley and Wakefield. A further £1m will now be spent on works in Kirklees and Calderdale following approval at the Combined Authority’s Annual General Meeting (Thursday 29 June). Funding is coming from the City Region’s Local Growth Deal.

More than 400 properties in the Kirklees and Calderdale districts will now benefit from improved energy efficiency measures – which include insulation for attics and hard-to-treat cavity walls – making them cheaper to heat as well as healthier to live in and better for the environment.

The Tackling Fuel Poverty Programme and related projects are delivered through Better Homes Yorkshire, the only Council backed energy efficiency and heating provider in the Leeds City Region. Over the next 42 years, it is estimated that households under the scheme will save almost £10m combined in heating bills or almost £195 per household, per year, on average.

In addition to money and carbon savings – calculated to be 31,500 tonnes over the lifetime of the insulation – 215 local jobs will also be supported by using local contractors.

Cllr Peter Box, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leader of Wakefield Council, said:

“It is imperative that our Local Growth Deal benefits everyone in our City Region and the Tackling Fuel Poverty programme is a wonderful example of how we are providing inclusive growth for all.

“Fuel poverty can lead to colder homes, increased damp and poorer health for residents, making it less likely they will participate actively in the improvements being made to jobs, skills and the economy across the City Region. I’m delighted that even more people will now get the help they need to make their homes more fuel efficient and healthier places to live. In addition, by working with Yorkshire-based contractors, we’re committing to keeping our spending within the county to provide a further boost to local people and businesses.”

Keepmoat Regeneration (part of ENGIE Group), based in Doncaster, and Fortem, from Rotherham, are private sector partners, which are delivering the Better Homes Yorkshire scheme.

Steve Batty, Head of Sustainability at Keepmoat Regeneration, said:

“Through the Better Homes Yorkshire Framework, we have been given the opportunity to carry out improvement work to the homes of those who need it most.

“We hope this will have a real positive impact on the lives of residents by creating warmer and healthier homes, as well as reducing their fuel costs.”

Eligible homes in Kirklees and Calderdale will be contacted by the Better Homes Yorkshire team in due course.

Better Homes Yorkshire was launched by the Combined Authority in March 2015 with the first homes approved for support within the Tackling Fuel Poverty programme in June 2016.

The team also provides high quality and affordable gas boilers and central heating systems for residents across the Leeds City Region. Market-leading boilers come with up to 10-year warranties and could save households up to £350 a year.

Get a personalised offer for your home in just four simple steps by applying now and completing our on-line form. Alternatively call 0800 597 1500* or 0113 897 0977**

*Free from UK Landline. **Local and mobile call charges apply
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council Calderdale Council Craven District Council Harrogate Borough Council Kirklees Council
Leeds City Council Selby District Council Wakefield Council City of York Council

Latest News

Holbeck project recognised with awards success
 

Holbeck project recognised with awards success

The ENGIE Holbeck Flex Scheme was named Large Scale Project of the Year at the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Energy Efficiency Awards.

11-07-2018 READ MORE

Free insulation for homes across Calderdale
 

Free insulation for homes across Calderdale

West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Better Homes Yorkshire have secured funding to provide free insulation for the attic bedrooms or lofts of 115 Calderdale homes, as part of the Tackling Fuel Poverty programme.

06-07-2018 READ MORE

New scheme provides Wakefield residents with help to install better home insulation
 

New scheme provides Wakefield residents with help to install better home insulation

A new home insulation scheme that will help to keep more houses warm next winter has been launched by Wakefield Council in partnership with Better Homes Yorkshire.

29-06-2018 READ MORE

Better Homes Barnsley and Barnsley Council help to heat homes on Cemetery Road
 

Better Homes Barnsley and Barnsley Council help to heat homes on Cemetery Road

Mr Michaels has lived on Cemetery Road for over 50 years and is delighted with the new external wall insulation works to his home by Better Homes Yorkshire.

22-06-2018 READ MORE

Better Homes Barnsley and Barnsley Council help to heat homes through Local Growth Funding
 

Better Homes Barnsley and Barnsley Council help to heat homes through Local Growth Funding

Cemetery Road resident Ms Lorenza is delighted by the new external wall insulation works to her home.

15-06-2018 READ MORE

Better Homes Barnsley and Barnsley Council help to heat homes
 

Better Homes Barnsley and Barnsley Council help to heat homes

Barnsley Council, together with Better Homes Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, improve homes on Cemetry Road, Barnsley, through government Local Growth Funding.

08-06-2018 READ MORE