MORE than 200 homes in south Sefton will be retrofitted with improved insulation after Sefton Council was given £2million funding from the government.
The scheme will benefit residents living on low incomes in Sefton and will have the effect of reducing fuel costs at 215 homes to keep them warm during cold weather and cool during heatwaves.
The £1.9million Green Homes Grant Local Delivery Scheme funding has come from The Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy as part of the government’s post Covid-19 response.
Sefton Council has formally accepted the funding as well as approving procurement for the work.
Sefton Council leader, Cllr Ian Maher, said: “By securing this funding, we can help reduce fuel bills for these low-income residents while at the same time improving their homes, reducing local carbon emissions, supporting local jobs and enhancing the communities where these homes are located.”
Sefton Council’s Retrofit Section, which is part of its Energy and Environmental Management Team, will manage the scheme’s delivery. Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will be the accountable body for the grant funding.
“We have identified properties in the Netherton, Litherland and Bootle areas to benefit from this work.
“They were all constructed in ways that make them hard to insulate without the substantial investment that this funding makes possible.
“Through our Invest Sefton service we will utilise local contractors where possible and the scheme will to contribute to our regional carbon reduction commitments and Climate Emergency Strategy.”
The grant funding conditions mean the insulation programme must be complete by December 31. The council will explore more, similar funding opportunities to upgrade Sefton homes when they become available later in 2021.