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Loft insulation scheme for Redditch homes

A new tranche of grant funding has been announced for the residents of Redditch that will serve to bolster their home energy efficiency ahead of the coming winter.

More than £100,000 has been released from existing council budgets to tackle issues of fuel poverty and poor home energy efficiency across the area, the Redditch Standard reports.

A total of £64,000 has been allocated solely for the use of individuals currently facing the prospect of having to decide between eating and having the heating on this winter. This money will help in the provision of energy-saving measures including the installation of additional cavity wall and loft insulation for homes that would benefit from having this work carried out.

In addition, £30,000 is to be made available purely for boiler and heating system replacement for households with ageing and broken boilers. A further £17,000 has been allocated for boiler repairs in cases where systems can be maintained, but with increased efficiency.

The scheme has been opened to all those currently in receipt of benefits, including income support, jobseekers allowance or working tax credits, as well as those earning less than the average household income of £36,000

Councillor Debbie Taylor told the news provider: “It’s at this time of year that the boiler breaks and people in our community find themselves really struggling and this scheme has come at a very good time.”

The scheme will open up a range of energy-saving options for local people, including the use of more green materials in the fabric of their homes, as well as transformative improvements like draught-proofing or switching to energy-efficient lighting.

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