Cash injection for cleaner, greener homes

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Last Updated: 29 Mar 2021 3:58pm

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has secured £4.5 million of funding as part of a pilot £50million government project to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Britain.

The grant is being match funded with a further £4.5 million investment from Clarion Housing Group. Clarion is the largest social landlord in the country, managing thousands of homes across Tonbridge and Malling and its bid partner, Fenland District Council in Cambridgeshire.

The funds will be used to significantly upgrade 80 of the most energy inefficient Clarion homes across the two districts. Tenants in the upgraded properties are forecast to save between £300 and £500 on their energy bills each year. Clarion estimates that the project will also generate 68 jobs and apprenticeships in the green energy sector by employing local sub-contractors and installers.

The bid is one of just 17 successful schemes chosen to receive a share of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

According to government, 44 per cent of social homes in England are believed to be below Energy Performance Certificate rating C. It has set a target that all social homes must be a minimum of EPC C by 2030.

Rob Lane, Group Director of Commercial Services at Clarion Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to be working with our close partners on a project that will benefit hundreds of Clarion residents in the short-term and thousands more in the future. Clarion is committed to improving the energy efficiency of social homes across the country and the Social Housing Decarbonisation project will allow us to pilot new ways of working and accelerate our plans.”