More than 150 council houses in Great Yarmouth will be upgraded with better insulation thanks to government funding of £1.378m.

The award was announced after Great Yarmouth Borough Council (GYBC) bid for finance as part of Wave 2.2 of the Department for Energy and Net Zero’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

The council will now be carrying out work on 173 of its homes in the borough and will match-fund the government finance with money from its capital housing revenue account.

The properties will see a range of improvements including loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, air source heat humps and solar panels.

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It intends to use E.ON Energy services, with which it has worked on previous similar projects, to deliver the upgrades, which will be completed by the end of March 2025.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Graham Plant, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Operational Property and Asset Management.Graham Plant, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Operational Property and Asset Management. (Image: Jamie Honeywood)

Councillor Graham Plant, the borough council’s portfolio holder for operational property and asset management, said: ‘’The council put together an excellent bid for this funding and we are delighted to have been successful.

‘’The money means that almost 200 homes in the borough can look forward to a range of improvements that will have a significant impact on the lives of our residents by making them warmer, increasing heating efficiency and reducing bills.

‘’Improving the quality and standard of our social housing stock in Great Yarmouth is a key priority and this new money will help us continue that ongoing work across the borough.’’

The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund formed part of the government’s 2019 manifesto which committed £3.8bn over ten years to improve the energy performance of social rented homes.

Great Yarmouth’s funding forms part of £75m from the government to upgrade social housing stock in England which falls below Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band C and is intended to bring homes up to that standard.