Milton Keynes City Council has successfully secured funding to help deliver a programme of bespoke energy efficiency upgrades to council properties across Milton Keynes.
The scheme, which is part of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), will see the City Council improve its housing stock in areas including Bradville, Fullers Slade, Tinkers Bridge, Stacey Bushes, Netherfield, and other parts of the city.
Energy upgrades will vary according to the level of need and could range from small insulation projects to entire wraparounds with new ventilation. The scheme will boost property energy ratings and could save council tenants hundreds of pounds on energy bills.
The City Council has secured up to £23million through the second round of the SHDF, which will support its investment in improving the energy performance of tenants’ homes.
It follows last year’sannouncement of the successful first SHDF bid to green over 300 council homes in Netherfield. Through these works, external walls in the council homes will be insulated, and windows and doors will be upgraded to industry-leading standards. Roofs will also be replaced to include high performance insulation.
Councillor Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, said:
“This major, city-wide project is another investment the City Council is making to help tenants cut the cost of energy bills and forms part of our wider estate renewal plans. It means that many homes will have energy saving upgrades that drastically reduce the city’s carbon footprint. Ultimately, it will make a real difference to families and help us with our ambitions of becoming the greenest city in the world.”
Separately to this scheme, Milton Keynes City Council has also funded a helpline so that homeowners can get advice on how to save money on energy bills. Those interested can call freephone 0800 107 0044 to speak to the National Energy Foundation’s Better Housing Better Health team, who will assess their situation and suggest help.