£1.7m secured to upgrade energy efficiency of council housing stock

Barnsley Council has secured £1.7m to upgrade the energy efficiency of council houses in Barnsley.

The investment from the UK Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund follows a successful bid from Barnsley Council to upgrade around 150 council properties as part of phase 1 of the funding initiative.

Works will vary depending on the property but may include additional insulation to lofts, cavity walls and underfloor, and in some cases external wall insulation.

More efficient homes will reduce the borough’s carbon emissions and benefit tenants through reduced energy bills and increased comfort in cold weather.

We’re working with Berneslai Homes, which manages council properties on our behalf. The funding will be targeted at properties that are least energy-efficient.

We’re currently preparing a separate project to install solar panels to another 1,000 council properties. Where possible and where properties are suitable, we’ll be working to link the two schemes to give the maximum benefit to our tenants.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “We know people are seeing an increase in energy bills at the moment so we’re thrilled to be able to make this investment to help tenants reduce their energy usage by making their homes as energy-efficient as possible.

“One of our priorities as part of our vision for Barnsley as the place of possibilities is that our borough will have sustainable, quality housing, so you can live in the right house for you.  That’s why we continually invest in our council housing to make sure we provide well-maintained safe and warm homes for our tenants now and in the future.

“This additional investment is really good news and helps us accelerate our work towards tackling the climate emergency as we work towards carbon net-zero as a council by 2040, and across the borough by 2045.”

Amanda Garrard, Chief Executive at Berneslai Homes, said: “We’re delighted that this funding has been made available for homes in Barnsley. The improvements will mean warmer and more comfortable accommodation for our tenants and will also help to bring energy bills down – something which is so important for people in these challenging times.

“Along with Barnsley Council we’re working hard to achieve our net-zero carbon ambitions and making our homes more energy-efficient, with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of C or better, is one of the key ways we’re doing this.”

A report will be presented to our Cabinet in the coming weeks asking them to formally accept the funding.

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