Over 50,000 households to get warmer, greener homes in £562 million boost. A nationwide home upgrade will help households save up to £450 a year on their energy bills and support around 8,000 green jobs annually. From this week, the homes of 50,000 households will be upgraded with green improvements from a £562 million fund, reducing carbon emissions and supporting thousands of green jobs across the country, the UK government announced today (23 March 2021). The £562 million government funding will enable over 200 local authorities across England and Scotland to fund a nationwide upgrade of the UK’s least energy efficient and fuel-poor homes. This will help to transform over 50,000 low-income households and social housing properties and support over 8,000 energy sector jobs annually, including local plumbers, builders and tradespeople. The schemes will include measures such as cavity wall, underfloor and loft insulation, and replacing gas boilers with low carbon alternatives like heat pumps where appropriate. It will also include installing solar panels on many social housing, helping residents on low-incomes create their own green energy to power their homes.
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The Government has issued £500m from the Green Homes Grant and £62m from a Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund to improve the energy efficiency of 50,000 UK households. The £562m package will be shared by 300 local authorities across England and Scotland that will fund upgrades to some of the nation’s least energy efficiency and fuel-poor homes. The funding will benefit 50,000 households, enabling investments into solutions such as insulation and replacing gas boilers with low-carbon alternatives such as heat pumps. The Government claims it will also support more than 8,000 energy sector jobs – such as plumbers and builders.
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In a new report published today (22 March), MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) are warning that the UK Government has underestimated the costs of decarbonising existing UK homes by 2050 – its net-zero deadline – by at least £35bn. In the worst-case scenario, the costs of retrofitting could be £65bn higher than current forecasts.
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