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Newham Council granted £1.45m to upgrade energy inefficient homes

Residents will be able to apply for up to £10,000 to improve their homes (Credit: Newham Council)

Newham Council has been given £1.45 million to help residents fight fuel poverty. 

There are currently more than 23,000 households in the borough struggling to meet the costs of keeping their homes warm this winter. 

Local people will be able to apply to up to £10,000 to cover the installation of low carbon heating systems, insulation and smart heating controls as part of the Green Home Grant Scheme. They will need to check if their net income after housing, childcare and council tax costs qualifies their family for the grant though.

Private and social landlords can also apply to the scheme on behalf of eligible tenants and they will receive a grant of up to £5,000 to cover two-thirds of the works. 

The money have been given to the council by the West London Green Homes Grant Scheme which aims to raise the energy efficiency rating of up to 2,500 low income and energy inefficient homes. 

Councillor Shaban Mohammed, cabinet lead for housing, said: “While people across the UK look forward to a comfortable Christmas each year, thousands of families in Newham face the devastating reality of struggling to pay for heating their homes.

“By taking up this grant’s offer, those same families can get access to life-changing retrofits that will make their future winters warmer, safer, and much more affordable, as well as improving their defences against cold-related illnesses including Covid-19.

“The added bonus of helping to tackle one of the most urgent challenges in the global climate emergency by supporting clean, green jobs and reducing energy consumption makes participating in this scheme a clear and simple decision – sign up now!”

Residents can apply for the scheme online here

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