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Social housing insulation funding: details published

Housing refurbishment specialists have received a boost with the Homes and Communities Agency publishing details of how social landlords can bid for a slice of £84 million to insulate homes.

The Social Housing Energy Saving Programme is available to help social landlords insulate hard-to-treat cavity walls.

The latest funding, announced in last month’s Budget, will be delivered over two years, and is expected to deliver 130,000 insulated homes.

Eligible bids must be for at least category three insulation (hard to fill), and the minimum size of a bid is 1,000 homes.

Bids have to be submitted by 12 June, and the announcement of bidders who are successful will be made in early July. 

HCA chief executive Sir Bob Kerslake said: “This funding is in addition to our existing Decent Homes programme and will empower social landlords to continue improving existing social homes and meet the needs of their communities.

“The HCA is committed to reducing energy emissions in homes. The impact of this improvement programme will mean that social housing tenants will also have the opportunity to significantly reduce their energy bills.”