Funding boost for home insulation welcomed
Leader of the Lib Dem Group in Leeds, Cllr Stewart Golton has welcomed a £2.66 million funding boost to help pay for insulation in back to back, through terrace and other solid wall homes throughout the city which have traditionally been almost impossible to insulate.
The award of the Government's Green Deal Communities, a pot of funding to help homeowners cut energy bills and increase energy efficiency in their homes, was announced last week. The full amount of funding awarded to the Leeds City Region was £4.9 million of which Leeds gets over half.
The council had planned to insulate these areas for free but this programme was cancelled after the government cut the green levies on energy bills that were used to fund it. Under the Green Deal Communities, householders will pay a small proportion of the overall cost but can pay this off through the savings on their energy bill, meaning they will be no worse off overall.
The scheme will start on specific roads in several areas; Hyde Park, Burmantofts, Otley, Weetwood, Hunslet, Roundhay, Kippax and Holbeck, and will be moved out to other areas that have shown enough interest.
Cllr Stewart Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) said:
"This is wonderful news for those households that cannot afford to shoulder the cost of insulating their house alone"
"A lot of the housing stock in Leeds is unsuitable for easy insulation methods condemning thousands of residents to high energy bills and cold houses"
"This will make a real difference to people's lives so I would urge anyone, even outside the initial areas, to make contact to register their interest."