Bury Council are working alongside Six Town Housing to submit an application to the government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund as part of a collaborative bid made through Greater Manchester Combined Authority with other regional social housing providers.

The purpose of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) is to improve the energy performance of social housing in England. The government funding is most likely be allocated to homes where energy efficiency could be greatly improved. The aim is to reduce fuel poverty, help cut CO2 emissions, support a green economy to create jobs and improve the health and wellbeing of tenants.

In their application, Bury Council and Six Town Housing hope to seek approval to retrofit around 100 homes identified as benefiting the most from improvement work to become more energy efficient following an assessment.

Works that are being considered if the bid is successful include the installation of new loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, external wall insulation, mechanical ventilation, LED lighting, double glazing and more, where the requirement for these is identified.

Some match funding would need to be provided by Bury Council if the bid is accepted, which would be discussed following an offer.

Councillor Clare Cummins, Cabinet Member for Housing Services at Bury Council, said, “If this bid is successful the funding would help support the Bury Housing Strategy’s commitment to achieve a certain standard of energy efficiency in all local council housing before 2025, as well as decarbonisation by 2038. In time, this work will be beneficial for tenants while also supporting the environment.”

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