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Government launches social housing decarbonisation research

A piece of research to understand social landlords’ decarbonisation plans and ambitions has been commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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IFF Research has been commissioned by BEIS to deliver a study that will seek to identify how the government can support social landlords in delivering energy improvement plans.

The research will be used to inform the government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, which was first announced in July last year and received additional funding in the latest Spending Review.


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In addition to funding, the research will also seek to determine what technical assistance could be provided to social landlords.

Following interviews with a number of social landlords, IFF will be asking providers to complete a survey that will be emailed out this month.

In November last year, Inside Housing carried out a survey of more than 200 councils and housing associations, which found that decarbonisation is set to cost the sector £104bn by 2050.

Of those who responded to Inside Housing’s survey, just 21% were able to provide a definition of what net zero means within their housing stock, while just 22% were able to estimate how much decarbonisation would cost.

As part of its manifesto in 2019, the Conservative Party promised a 10-year Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund worth £3.6bn.

The government has committed £60m for the decarbonisation of social housing in 2021/22, however it has not yet confirmed any spending beyond this date.

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