A fund of over £850,000 is available to help support low-income families in the borough improve the energy efficiency of their homes while reducing their carbon footprint.
The funding, which has been secured by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead from the Government’s Local Authority Delivery scheme (LAD), will be used to improve the energy performance of the borough’s least energy efficient homes ready for winter.
This will help families phase out high carbon, fossil fuel heating and reduce fuel poverty.
Councillor Donna Stimson, cabinet member for climate change, sustainability, parks and countryside, welcomed the £850,000 grant.
She said: “As part of our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions in the borough by 2050, we have set ourselves some ambitious targets for carbon reduction, and I’m delighted that we have been successful in securing a substantial sum of money to begin to deliver on those commitments.
“The council’s approved Environment & Climate Strategy sets out our commitment to help the borough tackle climate change and use our influence and position to bring about positive change. Being awarded this funding is a demonstration of our ability to draw down funding from central Government to put our commitment into action.
“The future of our planet is in everyone’s hands and with our target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, it means we all need to work together to achieve this.”
The work will begin immediately and will be carried out in partnership with energy efficiency installers who meet the high work standards required by the scheme.
The LAD scheme was launched by the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
Councils were invited to apply for funding and demonstrate how their projects could support low-income families to improve their home’s energy performance.
If residents are on a low income and own their home, they can apply for a grant via Heat the Home Counties by filling in the form at https://happyenergy.formstack.com/forms/application_2021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require digital assistance you can drop in to any library or email email@example.com, please see our library opening hours.
For further information on what the council is doing to improve the environmental sustainability of the borough, please read the Environment & Climate Strategy.