Summer is the time to think about how you heat your home!
Warm Homes Suffolk is accepting applications to fund improvements to your home, to make it warmer and healthier, and save money on your energy bills.
Although it’s the middle of summer, now is a good time to think about making your house more energy efficient and cheaper to run during the colder months.
Warm Homes Suffolk has new funding available for eligible households, to put towards energy efficient measures such as insulation, solar panels or heat pumps.
The scheme is administered by Suffolk County Council, and delivered by East Suffolk Council, on behalf of all councils in Suffolk. It has been funding home energy efficiency improvements for over a year, but has recently received further funding from the Department for Energy, Security and Net Zero, to continue the work.
Early this year, Warm Homes Suffolk supported Jane from Halesworth to have loft insulation and solar panels fitted to her home:
“We are warmer, we can turn the heating down and we’ve saved on our bills. Our solar is generating electricity throughout the day, and the draft from our loft hatch has gone. We are saving money and worry less about having the heating on. We're also finding the insulation is keeping the heat out in the summer.
“Our installation was very quick and efficient. I’d recommend to anyone, the team and installers were so helpful, kind and considerate.”
An average of £18,000 in funding per property is available for homeowners meeting the following criteria:
- Homes that are not heated by mains gas
- Homes with an EPC rating of D, or below
- A combined household income of under £31,000
(though this is only for certain postcodes)
Landlords and tenants are also eligible to apply, with qualifying rental properties getting up to two-thirds of costs, as an average grant of up to £12,000.
Councillor Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Environment, said:
“Since Warm Homes Suffolk began in early 2022, we have improved 558 properties across the county, just like Jane’s.
“Projects like this are a win-win situation - the improvements help to make people’s lives better and their homes more comfortable, but they should also see lower bills as their homes are more energy efficient.
“Priority for this new funding will usually be given to homes which are not well-insulated and leaking heat. We are also keen to support landlords and privately rented properties, so their tenants can have confidence that they are moving into energy efficient homes.”
Through the Suffolk Climate Emergency Plan, the county’s authorities have a collective ambition to be net zero by 2030, towards which Warm Homes Suffolk is contributing.
To find out more about how Warm Homes Suffolk could help you, visit www.warmhomessuffolk.org or call the team on 03456 037 686.
“Multiply Suffolk is here to deliver bespoke coaching, training, and mentoring to support you into learning and employment across Suffolk. Multiply Suffolk will provide opportunities for you to improve your knowledge, understanding and use of maths in daily life: at home, in learning and in work.”
- Live in a Suffolk Postcode
- Does not hold a Level 2 qualification or above in Numeracy (GCSE or Functional Skills)
Multiply Suffolk supports participants to engage in employment, education, and training, improving numeracy, money management and budgeting skills and encourage career progression whilst in or out of employment.
Multiply Suffolk also provides fully funded support to both individuals and businesses to improve confidence and productivity by enhancing numeracy skills and financial wellbeing.
Please see the attached flyer.
There are 2 ways to refer to Multiply Suffolk:
- Complete the Initial Contact Form and email this to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Email email@example.com directly with your name and contact details and we will get in contact with you to complete the initial contact form and complete the enrolment onto Multiply Suffolk.
Anglian Water new pipeline
Anglian plan to begin work to install the almost seven kilometres of new pipe between Hundon and Great Wratting in August 2023. Please click here for more information.
Kedington Community Hub
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Haverhill Relief Road - Community Update
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Views sought on Suffolk walking, wheeling and cycling routes
Residents are being invited to have their say on improvements to pedestrian and cycle routes across Suffolk.
Suffolk County Council has been awarded nearly £11.7 million to develop active travel schemes, including measures such as cycle lanes, shared-use paths, and improved crossing points on roads.
It is hoped that the improvements would help more people to walk, wheel and cycle in their everyday lives and to enjoy safer streets, reduced congestion and better health and air quality.
Councillor Alexander Nicoll, Suffolk County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport Strategy, said:
“We want active travel to be easy, safe and enjoyable for everyone. By creating high quality pedestrian and cycle routes with safe crossings, we hope to create a culture in which active travel can be residents’ first choice.
“It’s important to stress that these ideas are still in development, and we want to hear from residents and businesses about existing challenges and what they would change to ensure we can make the best possible improvements to these routes.”
The county council has identified eighteen different routes which could benefit from improvement, including:
- Nacton Road, Ipswich
- Woodbridge Road, Ipswich
- Princes Street, Ipswich
- Ipswich Hospital to Ipswich Waterfront
- Capel St Mary to Copdock Park and Ride
- Grange Road, Felixstowe
- East to West, Bury St Edmunds
- Various other routes located around Ipswich
Each of the schemes is at a different stage of development; if agreed to proceed following the consultation, some schemes will need additional funding as they move to the construction phase.
Residents can read more about the different routes and have their say here. The surveys close on 23 November 2023.
Local Welfare Assistance Scheme
The new and improved Local Welfare Assistance Scheme is available to assist towards increased costs such as: food, energy, clothing and other household costs. Members of the public can now apply directly to LWAS via the SCC website on this link: Apply for Local Welfare Assistance - Suffolk Council
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