People in one part of Liverpool are being asked to check if they may be eligible for a grant to improve their homes.
Homeowners in Picton are being offered the chance to get funding for new external wall insulation as part of a government grant. The council said taking advantage could save them £375 a year in bills.
The Liverpool City Region has been awarded £1.38m government funding to install external wall insulation in homes that meet the criteria and would benefit from the scheme, with Liverpool Council acting as the lead authority.
Across the six local authorities, 120 homes would benefit, with 50 of those in Liverpool.
Speaking at a council meeting on Friday, cabinet member for housing Barry Kushner said the overall grant was inadequate to address the scale of fuel poverty and housing issues in the city but encouraged those eligible to take advantage.
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He said: “17% of people in our city live in fuel poverty, which is made worse because their houses don’t have adequate insulation and are not heated properly.
“I urge anyone who meets the criteria to come forward. This scheme is fully funded for those eligible, they will get their homes properly insulated and will save money on their energy bills.”
The project will be administered in Liverpool by Healthy Homes.
Team Programme Manager, Anju Rooney, said: “We’re committed to working with residents to make their home warmer and reduce energy bills.
“Energy costs are rising and by installing insulation measures, it will keep heating bills down, and at the same time make someone’s living space more comfortable and improve the appearance of their property.”
Who can qualify for the grant?
To qualify for free external wall insulation, residents must meet the criteria below:
- They must be a homeowner with a combined household income of less than £30,000
- Their property must be of solid wall construction
- The property must have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F or G
Anyone who believes they may be eligible for the initiative, is urged to contact Healthy Homes on 0800 012 1754 and quote “Green Homes Grant”, or email email@example.com.