At the next Cabinet meeting on 21 July, members will discuss a Local Delivery Scheme to help tackle Fuel Poverty and make a decision on which supplier will deliver the service. Members will also discuss the effects of fuel poverty on vulnerable and low-income residents and households across the borough - and how best the council can support them.
Cabinet will hear how the Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LADS) can significantly improve energy efficiency in homes, as well as help tackle longer-term fuel poverty, and lower domestic carbon emissions. The council has identified E.on Energy Sources as a compliant contractor and has confirmed it can deliver the scheme in owner occupied and private rented dwellings within the required funding agreement timescales.
Councillor Adrian Andrew Deputy Leader of Walsall Council said,
“Fuel poverty is currently affecting almost 20% of all households in the borough. We want to significantly reduce this and protect those most vulnerable to it. We believe that our approach and choice of supplier will help.
“In February 2021 we secured government funding of over £2 m from the Local Authority Delivery Scheme – we are identifying homes to improve with this money to provide external wall insulation and promoting micro-energy generation.
“This supports our adopted Home Energy Conservation Act Action Plan, helping lower fuel poverty and domestic carbon emissions."
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