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New £500k Green Homes Grant Scheme launches

Eden District Council has won £500,000 of central Government funding for a pilot scheme to help improve energy efficiency in private households across Eden.

From Monday 12 October, owner occupiers and landlords will be able to apply for funding of up to £10,000 from the Government’s Green Homes Grant, Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme, which will be delivered in partnership with E.ON Energy Solutions.

It’s hoped the LAD pilot scheme, which run until March 2021, will help address the triple challenges of zero carbon emissions, improving residents’ health and wellbeing and reducing fuel poverty in the private housing sector.

The LAD scheme is an enhanced programme specifically aimed at Eden residents and is a separate source of funding from the Government’s existing Green Homes Grant scheme, which offers vouchers of up to £5,000 for households across the UK.

Households that have already received a £5,000 voucher through the existing national Green Home Grants scheme will not be eligible for funding through the Eden LAD scheme.

Leader of Eden District Council, Virginia Taylor, said: “‘Improving Eden’s housing is an essential step towards sustainability – carbon emissions, health and well-being, financial stability. But it’s very expensive, so I’m delighted our Officers have won us this investment from Central government – I hope very much there will be more schemes in the pipeline to improve more homes in Eden.”

Eden District Council’s Green Growth Portfolio holder, Cllr. Mark Rudhall, said: “The pilot will focus initially on offering energy efficiency installations, within Wards, which are impacted by the Pennines’ weather, including Alston Moor, Brough and Langwathby.

“As the scheme progresses it will then focus on the Wards of Kirkoswald, Hesket, Skelton and Penrith West. We aim to learn from this pilot scheme and widen the offer to additional Wards within the District during the next phases of the scheme.”

E.ON UK Chief Executive, Michael Lewis, said: “Improving energy efficiency makes people’s homes more comfortable, healthier and cheaper to run. We’ve seen those benefits first-hand through the work we’ve done with local authorities around the country, investing hundreds of millions over the last decade or so to ensure homes are fit for the future.

“By working with Eden District Council to deliver free energy saving improvements through the Green Homes Grant local authority delivery scheme we’re further demonstrating the ability of investing in housing to ease fuel poverty and energise the local economy which is all the more vital after Covid-19 and lockdown.”

To be eligible for a LAD grant of up to £10,000, residents must:

  • have a household income of under £30,000 per year, before tax
  • have a household Energy Performance Certificate, (EPC) level of E, F, or G.

Residents who meet both of the above criteria can qualify for a range of energy efficiency measures, such as external wall insulation, air source heat pumps, window and door improvements and smart heating controls.

Those in older properties with solid walls, which have an annual household income under £30,000, but don’t have an EPC rating for their property can also apply. E.ON will assess their properties for an EPC and look to include them within the scheme.

To find out more or to register your interest, contact E.ON on 0333 202 4820 or email GreenHomesGrant@EONenergy.com

For more information visit Eden District Council’s Green Homes Grant webpage at www.eden.gov.uk/green-homes-grant/

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