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Funding scheme launched to reduce fuel poverty and carbon emissions

Help is at hand for Basingstoke and Deane residents living in cold homes and struggling to pay their energy bills. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is offering up to £10,000 of government grant funding to low income households to provide energy-efficient home improvements. These include solar panel systems, park home insulation, solid wall insulation and low carbon heating systems, such as air source heat pumps. Residents in rented homes are also eligible, with funding for 66% of the cost of improvements, up to £5,000, with their landlords contributing the remaining third. This funding is through the government’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme. The borough council is working with partners, led by Portsmouth City Council and managed by AgilityEco, to deliver the energy-saving measures and reduce local fuel poverty. If you have a household income of less than £30,000 then this scheme is a great opportunity. Applications are open now and funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with measures to be installed by September 2021. For more information and to apply visit www.warmerhomes.org.uk/insulation. The council is expecting further funding to be made available in our area as part of the next phase of this scheme in order to help even more of our residents. Krissy Lloyd