GMHP secures £10.5m of SHDF funding to improve the energy efficiency of homes across Greater Manchester
A collaborative bid between GMHP and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) has been successful, with our consortium being awarded £10.5m to improve the energy efficiency of homes across the city region.
The money – the third-highest allocation of SHDF money to be awarded nationally – will be used to retrofit and upgrade almost 1300 social homes that have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below C across the ten GMHP housing providers who worked together on the joint bid.
Colette McKune, GMHP’s lead for zero-carbon and CEO at ForHousing said: “This successful SHDF bid is testament to the effective and long-term collaboration both within GMHP and with our strategic partners at the Combined Authority
“Reaching zero-carbon across our housing stock is a huge challenge, and we can only deliver meaningful and lasting change if we work together with our peers and partners in the sector, and with our customers. By doing so we will ensure we find the right solutions that work for tenants and can be delivered at scale here in Greater Manchester, and across the UK.
“This funding provides a great opportunity for GMHP members to accelerate the journey to zero-carbon, cut tenants living costs, and support our wider efforts to create cleaner, greener communities. We will also ensure we share knowledge and best practice from this process across our partnership and with the wider sector – a principle that is at the heart of what GMHP is about.”
The SHDF is a £3.8bn funding commitment, delivered through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to improve the energy performance of social rented homes, on the pathway to Net Zero 2050. The SHDF aims to upgrade a significant amount of social housing stock currently below EPC Band C, delivering warm, energy-efficient homes, reducing carbon emissions and fuel bills, tackling fuel poverty, and supporting green jobs.
The SHDF will be delivered through a series of individual waves, and alongside delivering on our commitment under Wave 1, GMHP is now also looking ahead and working collaboratively to prepare for SHDF Wave 2.
The ten GMHP members that worked on the Wave 1 funding bid are First Choice Homes Oldham, ForHousing, Jigsaw, MSV, RBH, Salix Homes, Six Town Housing, Stockport Homes, WCHG, and Your Housing.
This funding provides a great opportunity for GMHP to accelerate the journey to zero-carbon, cut tenants living costs, and support our wider efforts to create greener communities. We will also ensure we share knowledge and best practice from this process across our partnership – a principle that is at the heart of what GMHP is about.