West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Warmer, more energy efficient homes
The Leeds City Region is home to around 3 million people, and has an average fuel poverty rate of 10.8%, compared to 10.4% nationally.
The vision of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is to harness the combined efforts of local councils and businesses, to make the Leeds City Region known globally as a place of inclusive growth, where everyone has the opportunity to combine economic prosperity with an outstanding quality of life, supported by world-class connectivity. Tackling fuel poverty, and delivering interventions to some of the most deprived communities, often in partnership with local health and social care partners, is a key action within the City Region’s Strategic Economic Plan.
The Better Homes Yorkshire programme was launched in March 2015, to respond not just to the challenge of cold homes and fuel poverty, but also to offer a range of measures to all households across the city region. WYCA, and the 10 Leeds City Region Local Authorities, work in partnership with Keepmoat Regeneration to deliver the Programme.
To date, over 2,500 homes have received energy efficiency measures, with a contract value of over £11.5m. Almost 75% of the value has been delivered by Leeds City Region supply chain, with a further 20% by contractors just outside. The quality of works delivered and customer satisfaction ratings have been excellent, and the partnership is well established and has delivered many benefits in sharing best practice and resources, accelerating project delivery and securing funding.
Visit http://www.betterhomesyorkshire.co.uk/ for more information and case studies. The Better Homes Yorkshire team offer A-rated new gas boilers to all households across the city region, for less than £2,000. Supporting Better Homes Yorkshire enables the programme to continue to deliver support to those most in need.