Park homes and rural households in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire to receive £1m winter energy efficiency boost
150 of the region’s coldest properties will receive improved insulation and heating through the government Green Home Grant scheme, funded by the Secretary of State.
This winter, as we shelter or recover from the effects of COVID-19, it will arguably be more important than ever to make sure we are each living in a warm, healthy home. With this in mind, Forest of Dean District Council in partnership with the other local authorities across Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire have secured £1 million from the Government’s Green Homes Grant scheme to improve the homes of 150 households living in hard-to-heat properties this winter.
Some of the hardest residential properties to keep warm are park homes. Often without insulation and located in areas beyond the gas network, heating these properties is expensive and inefficient. They are unhealthy, too. NHS data shows that park home residents are more likely to have long-term health conditions than those living in other property types. £748,000 from the Green Home Grant’s ‘Local Authority Delivery’ scheme will cover the cost of fitting external wall, loft or floor insulation as required to the park home properties of 100 low-income households across the region. A further £250,000 will be combined with existing grant funding from the Warm Homes Fund to convert the least efficient off-gas rural properties from space heating or solid fuel heating systems to central heating, using air source heat pumps.
It is estimated that the health benefits to these households will save the NHS £140,000 per year, an impact celebrated by Mary Morgan, Housing, Health and Care Programme Director at NHS Gloucestershire: “This is great news for the region. Our data shows people in park homes often have poorer health outcomes in comparison to the rest of the population. These are linked to cold and damp conditions due to inadequate insulation and/or heating, so the improvements will make a huge difference to peoples’ lives, similarly those people in rural areas in cold homes.”
It is also good news for the region’s net zero carbon targets. Inefficient housing stock is one of the biggest challenges to achieving low carbon living – and these efficiency improvements are expected to save over 11,500 tonnes of CO2.
The region’s home energy advice service, Warm and Well, will deliver the scheme on behalf of the local authorities. Project lead Rob Hargraves said, “The Local Authority Delivery scheme included in the Green Homes Grant makes it possible to ensure that funding reaches those living in properties that need it most. Park home and rural properties frequently fall outside other funding schemes, so helping them to improve their energy efficiency is fantastic news for our NHS, our most vulnerable residents and the environment.”
Work will begin in October and is expected to be completed by the end of March 2021, by which point 150 Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire homes will be warmer, healthier and more energy efficient. Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire residents interested in finding out how the Green Home Grants could help them make their homes more energy efficient can contact Warm and Well on 01452 937996 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forest of Dean Communications Team
Notes to editors
NOTE TO EDITORS
The local authority partnership delivering this scheme alongside Severn Wye Energy Agency and the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group consists of Cheltenham Borough Council, Cotswold District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Gloucester City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Stroud District Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council.
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
James Clarke, Director of Marketing at Severn Wye
Rob Hargraves, Senior Project Manager for Warm and Well: 07967 824765, email@example.com
For more details about the following, visit these links:
- Warm and Well, home energy advice service run by Severn Wye Energy Agency: co.uk
- Green Home Grants, Government grant funding scheme to help households to make energy efficiency improvements: Simple Energy Advice website, Government website, Warm and Well guidance
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