Funding Awarded To Upgrade The Energy Efficiency Of Homes Across The Country

Posted on 22 March 2023

As part of a consortium of social housing providers, led by the UK’s largest housing association, Clarion Housing Group, we have been awarded funding to upgrade the energy efficiency of our supported housing across Sussex. In total, the consortium was granted £48.9million as part of the Government’s £3.8bn Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF).

The grant is taken from the second wave of funding within the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero’s (DESZN) landmark 10-year programme, which pledges to deliver energy-efficient homes, tackle fuel poverty and support green jobs. The SHDF’s second wave, known as Wave 2.1, totals £778m and has been allocated to charitable social housing providers across England.

Jim Aspdin, Director of Housing and Business Services, said,

Southdown is committed to doing its part in addressing fuel poverty in social housing and driving a transition to a low carbon future for our business and our tenants. As such, we are delighted to announce our success in the latest wave of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund. Congratulations and special thanks to Clarion Housing Association who led on the bid and pulled together a consortium of smaller providers, developing our bids and allowing us to access this much needed funding.

Lord Callanan, Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance, said:

This investment will help thousands of households to heat their homes for less, keep them warm for longer and could save hundreds on their annual energy bill. The green energy sector is growing, and this funding will support green jobs and provide the training needed to deliver these vital upgrades to homes.

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