Housing: Insulation

Treasury written question – answered on 1st October 2020.

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Photo of Luke Evans Luke Evans Conservative, Bosworth

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support he is making available to eradicate fuel poverty through the insulation of homes in Bosworth.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Government recognises the importance of energy efficiency in tackling fuel poverty.

Through the new £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme announced by the Chancellor in July, homeowners and landlords across England, including in Bosworth, will be able to apply for vouchers to fund at least two thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy performance of their homes, up to £5,000. Low income households will be eligible for up to 100% government funding, up to £10,000.

Leicestershire County Council also has the opportunity to bid for part of the £500m of the scheme that is being made available to local authorities to directly help low income households.

The scheme could support more than 100,000 green jobs, upgrade more than 600,000 homes, and save households hundreds of pounds a year on their energy bills. This is in addition to existing measures to support improvements in energy efficiency in the homes of those in fuel poverty, such as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

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