Lambeth set for extra funding to help households stay warm

1 February 2022

Written by: Lambeth Council

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A coalition of 12 London boroughs including Lambeth has been awarded £26m in a successful joint bid for the Green Homes Grant.

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Lambeth set for extra funding to help households stay warm

This money will be invested in thousands of cold and energy-inefficient properties occupied by low-income households, helping to deliver a healthier, fairer, greener London.

The London Borough of Lambeth, in coalition with 12 other London boroughs, has been awarded £26m in funding secured from government through the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery (GHG:LAD3) scheme.

From Spring 2022, funded by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the GHG:LAD will provide energy efficiency measures in 2,500 fuel poor homes across the participating boroughs. These measures could include insulation, smart heating controls, ventilation and low carbon heating systems and are available to low income and low Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rated homes.

More than 15% of Lambeth’s population are fuel poor, meaning that an estimated 21,844 households are struggling to keep their homes warm this winter. Those living in the coldest and least efficient properties may be eligible for up to £10,000 of grant funding to cover the installation of efficiency measures. These will be implemented by an accredited contractor, overseen by a Retrofit Coordinator and supported by the councils.

Private and social landlords may also apply to the scheme on behalf of eligible tenants, receiving a grant of up to £5,000 to cover 2/3 of works.

Upgrading homes to make them warmer, less draughty, less prone to damp and mould and cheaper to run will have co-benefits for people from improved physical and mental health to more secure finances and productivity in work and school

Cllr Claire Holland, Leader of Lambeth Council and lead on climate action said: “This investment will not only help improve our residents’ lives by ensuring that they don’t have to choose between putting food on the table or having a warm and comfortable home every time we have a cold snap, it also takes steps towards delivering on our commitment to reduce our carbon emissions as a borough to net zero as soon as possible. 

“Investment like this is vital because many homes in Lambeth are old and, whilst built to last, can be inefficient meaning those residents who can’t afford energy efficiency improvements are left in the cold. As we start to take the transformative action required to deliver on the recommendations of Lambeth’s Citizens’ Assembly we will do so by supporting and protecting those most at-risk and those who are less well-off first. This project will play an important part in doing just that.”

Warmworks have won a competitive bid to manage the GHG:LAD scheme on behalf of the partnership, working with local operators to ensure benefits in the local economy. Warmworks will offer energy advice and support from start to finish, with qualifying households receiving a whole house plan to guide works. All measures are carried out by TrustMark registered installers, guaranteeing quality works throughout the scheme.

Lambeth has also participated in previous iterations of the GHG:LAD, through which the participating boroughs received £4.8m and £12m in phases 1 and 2 respectively.  The boroughs involved are Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Newham, Richmond, and Wandsworth Councils. The council is expecting to upgrade hundreds of Lambeth properties in total up to 2023, across the owner-occupied and social rental sectors.

To be eligible, residents must live in one of the participating boroughs, have a total household income below £30,000 per year (or up to £20,000 after housing costs) and live in an E, F, or G rated home. Residents can check their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating and efficiency recommendations by visiting the survey page. If you aren’t sure, get in touch anyway via the below and we can do an assessment.

Qualifying households will receive an in-person assessment, and if suitable, a whole house plan will be issued, with works paid for directly. All works for Phase 3 of the scheme must be carried out by 31 March 2023.

To apply for the scheme, residents may call the GHG:LAD hotline on 0808 196 8255 or register their interest online register their interest online.


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