Milton Keynes City Council has been successful in securing more than £1 million pounds of funding to provide green property upgrades to low-income households in MK, helping to lower their energy bills.
The Home Upgrade Grant will fund energy efficiency upgrades and clean heating systems for people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis. Eligible households must have either be situated in a pre-qualified postcode area (eligible postcodes can be found here) or have either a gross household income of no more than £31,000, or what’s called an ‘equivalised income’ (which factors in things like number of people in a household) of £20,000 after rent or mortgage costs.
The home must also be heated by alternative methods, including electricity, oil, liquid propane gas, and solid fuels.
Householders will be guided through the application, helping them understand the scheme and its eligibility criteria. If eligible for free upgrades, an installer will identify which improvements for the home will provide the greatest benefits and arrange any necessary surveys and installations. Further details about the scheme will be made available in the coming months when the scheme opens.
This is just one of many schemes MK City Council has rolled out to support residents struggling with energy costs. As part of a package of assistance set out in its since its £3.3m Winter Plan last year, the City Council is also a funding free ‘Warmth and Wellbeing Helpline’ offering advice to residents on how to get support with soaring energy costs.
Local people can call freephone 0800 107 0044 to get expert advice from National Energy Foundation’s Better Housing Better Health team, who will assess their situation and suggest help including how to get better energy deals, and how to apply for grants to make a home better insulated and more energy efficient. The Foundation estimates that some residents could save as much as £115 a year by implementing its advice.
“We’re constantly looking at new ways to support people with managing soaring energy bills and the cost of living. We’re pleased to have secured this funding, which will help struggling families save money while tackling the climate crisis at the same time.” - Cabinet Member for Climate Action and Sustainability, Cllr Jennifer Wilson-Marklew