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Life gets cosy in social housing in Manchester

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 1 November 2010 at 12:55 pm

Warm homes and lower energy bills for tenants have combined with lower carbon emissions from social housing managed by Ashden Award finalist Northwards Housing in Manchester.

The company has gone well beyond the minimum standards of energy efficiency required by the Decent Homes programme which is designed to lift people out of fuel poverty. It has taken a ‘whole house’ approach and included a lot of hard-to-treat properties with solid walls.

“We’ve had a big drop in bills, £80 per quarter, as we used to have storage heaters and immersion heaters,” says Charlotte Grant, chair of the Moorways Courts tenants association.

Over 9,000 of Northwards Housing’s 12,500 homes have had renovations that improve energy efficiency. They address all aspects of insulation and energy use. More than 200 hard-to-treat homes have had a full refurb including external wall insulation, double glazing, new doors and an A-rated boiler.

The programme, which minimised costs by combining energy efficiency work with other renovations, has significant scope for renovation by other social housing organisations. By

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Eco ChangeComment left on: 4 December 2010 at 9:37 pm

Hi Cathy, nice article what you also need to let everyone know is anyone who lives in the UK and own your own house or rent a private property, you are entitled to a grant for cavity wall or loft insulation, if you claim any of the following benefits you get them for free. If you do not claim benefits the usual price you pay is £149 for cavity wall insulation and the same for loft insulation, up tp a 4 bedroom detached house. The rest is paid by the grant that the supplier will claim for you. So there is nothing for you to do.
100% Insulation Grants 
Households receiving any of the following benefits will be entitled to 100% grant

Income support / jobseekers allowance
Child tax credits if earning under £16040 per annum
Working tax credits if earning under £16040 per annum
Attendance allowance
Disability living allowance
Pension credits
Over 70 years old
Industrial injuries disablement benefit
War disablement benefit
Housing Benefit
Council tax benefits

I hope this helps soneone as a lot of oeople don't know what grants aare available.

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