Fresh funding is a winter warmer

By on 16/01/2013 in Cllr McKay, News


Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, has responded to the news that Birmingham City Council is to receive £2.2million from the Government for projects designed to tackle the issue of fuel poverty.

Almost £2million of the funding is to be spent on improvements to four tower blocks in Harborne, which will benefit 212 low-income households, saving a combined total of £127,000 a year on their fuel bills (equivalent to more than £11 per household per week - ultimately totalling a 40 per cent saving on annual heating bills).

The improvement work will improve thermal efficiency through measures such as a better heating system and external wall insulation. The properties set to benefit are Kendal Tower, Metchley House, Coniston House and Derwent House.

Cllr McKay said: “I am very pleased that we have secured more funds to tackle some of our badly insulated tower blocks in the city.

“These funds will help enormously to provide warmer homes for the residents who are currently spending too much of their often low incomes on energy.”

The scheme will be delivered by the Birmingham Energy Savers team, a joint project between the council and Carillion Energy Services, which is already working on a much broader project to make homes across the city more energy efficient.

And the remainder of the grant will be used to develop plans for a collective energy project to ensure that citizens get the best deal possible on their energy bills by encouraging them to work together to switch energy supplier and get a better tariff. The aim of this scheme is to encourage consumers to group together and use market power to negotiate lower energy bills and save money.

Cllr McKay added: “As we roll out our Birmingham Energy Savers programme shortly, I look forward to more benefits for a larger number of our households are subject to high energy bills.

“I am also pleased that we will be able to fulfil one of our green priority pledges which the council agreed in June last year. The fund we have received to set up our collective energy offer will be open to all residents in Birmingham. I hope to announce details over the next few months, so that again we can secure cheaper energy through collective action ready for next winter’s fuel bills.”

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