Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Council's Staffordshire Warmer Homes
programme has been successful in securing £10.5m for the Home
Upgrade Grant (Phase 2), which was confirmed in July 2023 by the
Midlands Net Zero Hub. The submission to cabinet will outline and
seek approval for the intended spend plans to retrofit thermal
measures to achieve locally set HUGS 2 targets and address local
need around Sustainable Housing, climate change and Fuel poverty.
(HUGS 2 intended Schedule: October 1st 2023 - March 31st
“Lifting people out of fuel poverty and helping households with energy bills is a public health priority in Staffordshire. We are proud of our success to date, saving £1.5m in total for thousands of households.
Our work in linking Government grants with those in need of support is a vital step towards improving health and well-being in the county. The Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 will benefit predominantly rural areas as eligibility is focused on off-grid homes with low energy performance ratings in the most deprived areas.”
Julia Jessel, Cabinet Member for Health and Care
“We are on a mission to make Staffordshire more sustainable. A quarter of carbon emissions in our county come from residential homes.
Staffordshire Warmer Homes is helping cut carbon emissions by reducing the amount of energy needed to heat properties. The Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 will build on our success allowing another 530 homes to improve insulation and heating and creating local jobs.”
Simon Tagg, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change
Reasons for the Decision – To consider approving expenditure of the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 and the subsequent procurements to secure providers for services to make thermal improvements to people’s homes, in line with the conditions of the Grant.
Decision – (a) That the award to the Council of the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 of £10.5m be noted.
(b) That expenditure of the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2, as set out in paragraph 7 of the report, be approved.
(c) That authority be delegated to the Director of Health and Care to complete a compliant procurement process and appoint providers to oversee and install thermal efficiency measures in people’s homes, in-line with the Grant conditions and approved expenditure.
Report author: David Sugden
Publication date: 21/09/2023
Date of decision: 20/09/2023
Decided at meeting: 20/09/2023 - Cabinet
Effective from: 27/09/2023