More homes could benefit from Council’s Energy Saving Loans
Wakefield Council's key decision makers are to discuss making the current Energy Savers Loan available to some private rented properties, so that more homes in the district could benefit.
The Council's Cabinet are looking to extend the criteria of the Energy Savers Loan to include properties from the Private Rented Sector that are of the poorest quality.
If the plans are approved, this would mean that the poorest quality privately-rented homes in the district could access the Council's loan scheme to carry out essential energy efficiency improvements.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: "By being able to offer the Energy Savers Loan scheme to more properties that are in need, we are helping to tackle fuel poverty in the district, and create warmer, healthier homes for local residents.
"Extending the criteria of the scheme will allow landlords of privately-rented homes with the poorest energy efficiency ratings to access works to help improve the health and wellbeing of their tenants and reduce heating bills."
The Council's Energy Savers Loan scheme is currently targeted at home owners on low incomes that meet certain criteria. Some support for landlords is currently available, but this is just for houses of multiple occupation and to bring empty properties back into use.
Energy Saving Loans are interest free and available up to the value of £7,000. It is managed by the Leeds City Credit Union (formerly White Rose Credit Union).
The report is being discussed at Wakefield Council's Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 13 February, at 10.30am. The meeting will be available to watch live, or later, on the Council's website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/livestream
For more information about the loan scheme, and other ways to improve energy efficiency, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/energy