Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF)
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has secured £11.1m as part of the Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, which aims to tackle fuel poverty and boost energy efficiency in social housing stock across the Liverpool City Region. The Combined Authority will work with nine local Housing Associations to install retrofit measures in social housing to reduce energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and make homes warmer.
The £11.1m will be split across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral local authorities, and assist the Housing Associations to pay for work to be carried out on around 1250 social housing properties by the end of 2023. The Housing Associations have carefully selected the properties which will be targeted, to ensure that the measures are installed where most needed and most beneficial. Eligible homes must have an EPC rating of D, E, F or G.
Social Housing Decarbonisation Wave 2 is expected to commence in the next year, and future waves should ensure that the social housing stock in the Liverpool City Region achieves the target to attain EPC Band C by 2035 and contribute to the Liverpool City Region’s Net Zero Carbon Target of 2040.
The money awarded by BEIS to the Combined Authority as part of Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund increases the current total investment in housing retrofit measures to £54.5m, which will tackle fuel poverty and increase energy efficiency in over 5,000 low-income households.