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TOPIC: Save Carbon & Save lives without spending a penny.

Save Carbon & Save lives without spending a penny. 1 year, 2 months ago #1

•Insulation for Social and Private Landlords is now available and its 100% free, so why not utilise this now.

•Why wait for Green Deal or ECO which will most definitely not be 100% free and you will have to jump through hoops to get it?

•Many of your tenants are in fuel poverty but you could help save 1oo`s of £s for them each year, every year.

•This winter do your tenants have to make a choice to either heat or eat?

•In this day and age in Britain there are around 30,000 people each year die of cold related deaths or illnesses, many of which could be saved if they could either afford to heat their property more or keep the heat in their building.

Would you like to help your tenants without spending a penny to stay warm this, and in future winters?

Share your comments on this urgent issue and become part of the solution, don’t stay part of the problem.

Re: Save Carbon & Save lives without spending a penny. 1 year, 1 month ago #2

Kirklees became part of the solution in 2006 when it decided to address this urgent issue and create a solution for the 35-45,000 homes in Kirklees who were living in fuel poverty. Ultimately a project was created that became the largest Authority home insulation scheme in the UK to offer loft and cavity wall insulation free to every suitable household.

It is so important we share our experiences please find Case Study Attached- www.kirklees.gov.uk/community/environmen...one/ulsterreport.pdf

So this is how Kirklees saved carbon and hopefully improved and maybe save lives.What projects are you developing with the free funding that is now available?
Last Edit: 1 year, 1 month ago by Scott Buckler.

Re: Save Carbon & Save lives without spending a penny. 1 year, 1 month ago #3

A a member of the Kirklees Council Environmental Unit, I would just like to reiterate the success of the scheme ourlined in the previous post.

Between 2007 and 2010 Kirklees Warm Zone was the largest local authority home insulation scheme in the UK and the first to offer free loft and cavity wall insulation to every suitable home in Kirklees. Ultimately it became an internationally recognised award winning programme that has transformed the ambitions of what can and should be achieved in reducing fuel poverty, carbon emissions and increasing prosperity through creation of jobs and reduction in fuel bills.

Re: Save Carbon & Save lives without spending a penny. 1 year, 1 month ago #4

The London Borough of Hackney was one of the few boroughs that maintain a comprehensive grants programme, offering grants not only for heating and insulation measures but also for essential repairs. Grants are targeted towards homeowners who are either in receipt of qualifying welfare benefits or just miss out on benefits but are nevertheless on low incomes.

The wide range of grants and offers currently available for improving heating and ventilation is helpful for many homeowners. People who live in otherwise good quality accommodation, for example, but who cannot afford to upgrade their heating or insulation can benefit greatly from this help. However, installing heating and insulation has limited value for homeowners, whose homes are in poor repair. Leaking roofs and problems with dampness and disrepair reduce the effectiveness of modern heating and insulation so our ability through our grants programme to help towards the cost of these works too helps ensure that vulnerable homeowners have safe and healthy homes.

It is a mistake to assume that all Hackney homeowners can afford to maintain their homes. The offer of grant to help with this is helpful in improving the living conditions of the occupiers, many of whom are now elderly, in maintaining the property itself and in ensuring that communities stay together.

Re: Save Carbon & Save lives without spending a penny. 1 year, 1 month ago #5

In London there is an expectation that the private rented sector (PRS) will continue to increase. in Redbridge our PRS sector has grown from 13% to 25% in five years. It is acknowledged that this sector generally accommodates the most vulnerable residents and these properties have been shown to be in the worst condition.

The most common complaint dealt with by our enforcement team relates to cold homes. The health effects of cold homes are well documented and this factor will almost certainly contribute to health inequalities. There is therefore an imperative to deal with this as a matter of urgency.

The current Green Deal will not address this issue. Tenants in the private sector are usually in short term tenancies and the churn in this sector is high. There will be no incentive for tenants to take up this deal because of the long term payback. The incentive for the landlord will be higher rents; however there are many pressures on this market which are already driving up rents. Landlords will also have concerns about paying back the loans during void periods and they may increase rents still further to cover those potential losses.

Any further pressures on rents will result in tenants on low incomes or benefits not being able to afford to live in any of the outer London Boroughs as is increasingly the case in central London.

To address this at Redbridge we are considering Landlord Grants to remove category 1 & 2 hazards that relate to cold homes. To be able to access this grant the Landlord will agree to cap rents at the Local Housing Allowance plus 10% for a period of 3 years and be a member of an accreditation scheme.

Re: Save Carbon & Save lives without spending a penny. 1 year, 1 month ago #6

Within the Richmond Borough, we have piloted one of ten succesful 'Low Carbon Zones', which brought together grassroots activism and local resources.

Volunteer Street Champions went door to door within the community of Ham, letting people know about the project, and encuoraging them to participate in the initiatives on offer.
These included accessing free or discounted insulation, as well as free energy saving items such as bulbs and a free home energy assessment.

Ham has successfully reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by almost 20% since the scheme started in 2009, and saved over £100,000 in avoided fuel costs. This is an amazing achievement, setting the borough on a path to being one of the greenest in London.
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