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We secure Government funding to make over 2,000 homes warmer and healthier

22 March 2023

We've successfully bid for almost £9.8million towards improving 2,043 homes by making them healthier and easier to heat, meaning residents can keep warmer during the colder months.

The money comes from the Government’s £778million Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) set up by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero to provide match-funding to social landlords nationwide to bring under-performing homes up to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C.

The announcement allows us to bring forward work that might not otherwise happen until 2027 or later. We'll be matching the Government’s investment with substantial amounts of money into making residents’ homes more environmentally friendly, committing to match the nearly £9.8million secured.

The funding will help pay nearly half (a total of over £19.6million) of the cost of improvements to homes in Brent (995) and in East Herts (1,048). In Brent, the measures are mainly related to external wall insulation, with some underfloor insulation also proposed. While in East Herts, the measures will primarily be renewals of double-glazing and doors as well as a range of measures for insulation in lofts, within and on the outside of walls. The improvement work starts this year (2023) and should be completed by 2026.

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I’m delighted to secure this significant funding. We’re looking to deploy the improvements as quickly as we can so we can provide warmer and healthier homes for residents as fast as we can. Last week we announced our intention to merge with Sovereign Housing Association and I think this announcement means the new organisation will be improving one of the highest number of homes in the fund.

Jamie Ratcliff, Network Homes Executive Director for People, Partnerships and Sustainability

Lord Callanan, Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, commented: “This investment will help thousands of households to heat their homes for less, keep them warm for longer and could save hundreds on their annual energy bill. “The green energy sector is growing, and this funding will support green jobs and provide the training needed to deliver these vital upgrades to homes.”

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