Council to consider joining Better Homes Yorkshire scheme

​Date: 11/10/2016
Ref: PR 8370

Wakefield residents look set to benefit from a new scheme to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Wakefield Council's Cabinet are being asked to approve plans to join the Better Homes Yorkshire scheme. The scheme would allow residents to take advantage of home improvements to help reduce fuel bills.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: "Everyone should live in a warm home that is affordable to heat. Reducing fuel poverty and improving the health and wellbeing is vital. Joining this scheme would confirm the Council's commitment to tackling fuel poverty and improving the quality of local housing."

The Council has provided alternative schemes to help residents install energy efficiency improvements over the last 10 years. If the report is approved, the Better Homes Yorkshire scheme will see Willmott Dixon Energy Services carry out energy improvement work to homes in the Wakefield district.

The Better Homes Yorkshire scheme would be open to residents who own or privately rent their home. It is managed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and utilises funding from the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

The scheme would complement the range of other fuel poverty initiatives the Council delivers. This includes the Wakefield Affordable Warmth Partnership and Charter, the Fuel Poverty Fund, the Central Heating Fund, the Innovative Heating Fund and the ongoing energy advice and awareness programme.

The report will be discussed by Wakefield Council's Cabinet Members on Tuesday 18 October.


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