Agenda item

Housing Retrofit Funding

To consider the joint report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holders Housing and Spatial Framework and Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy.

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered the joint report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holders: Housing and Spatial Framework and Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy.

 

The Metro Mayor explained that the report sought approval to accept additional housing retrofit funding of £10.5m of Local Authority Delivery 2 funds and revised allocations across the five LEP areas in the North West; and £28.5m in Sustainable Warmth Funding which had been successfully secured through a recent bidding process.

 

He reported that these funding streams were a fundamental part of meeting the Combined Authority’s net zero ambitions which were set out in the Net Zero Pathways paper which had been considered earlier on the agenda.  

 

Councillor Graham Morgan presented the report and explained that the Combined Authority was leading the way in improving energy efficiency in homes across the City Region and also working in partnership to support vulnerable households by helping to tackle fuel poverty. He explained that with an additional £3m secured from the government the Combined Authority was helping to invest over £40m through its ongoing retrofit programmes to improve a total of 1,300 homes across the City Region, furthermore, the Combined Authority, had also managed to secure an additional £28.5m from the Sustainable Warmth Funding.

 

Councillor Morgan went on to explain that by continuing to work in partnership the Combined Authority, local authorities and social landlords across the City Region would be able to retrofit 2,300 homes. The challenging timescales meant that the funding would need to be invested in a timely manner. Furthermore, the recommendations set out in the report allowed the Combined Authority and Local Authorities to work at a pace with contractors and other partners.

 

The Metro Mayor responded that many of the 1,300 homes were in the region’s most left behind communities and where people were struggling with utility bills. As such the homes which were being retrofitted would see  a decrease in energy costs and also support the climate as well as social justice.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

(a)        As the Accountable body for the NW Energy Hub the Combined Authority accept an additional £10.5m Local Authority Delivery 2 funds as outlined in paragraph 3.2 of the report be approved;

(b)        the revised allocations across the five LEP areas as outlined in paragraph 4.2 and Table 2 be approved and authority be delegated to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery any future change in allocations between the LEPs for this programme;

(c)        Working with the constituent authorities approve the acceptance of the £28.5m Sustainable Warmth Fund for Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the allocations for each of the six Local Authorities as set out in paragraph 1.3; and

(d)        that the Combined Authority enter into Funding Agreements with Liverpool and Sefton Metropolitan Borough Councils to devolve their funding elements.

(e)        authority be delegated to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery to make a call off from the North West Retrofit Dynamic Purchasing System retrofit assessments so that the pipeline of retrofit work could be developed;

(f)          authority be delegated to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing & Spatial Framework and the Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy to procure and award contracts to enable retrofit works to be delivered against tight timescales for spending this funding; and

(g)        subject to a positive outcome of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund bid, authority be delegated to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery to accept the funding and approve entering into Funding Agreements with the nine Registered Providers as set out in this report in paragraph 4.7.

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