Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council's Executive Member for Environment and Transport, writes about how the Council is using the proceeds of new developments to tackle fuel poverty in Islington.
Fuel poverty in Islington remains far too high, with around a fifth of households in the borough struggling to cope with the rising cost of electricity and gas.
That is why Islington Council launched Angelic Energy last year, to help local people get a fairer deal on their energy.
Alongside pioneering projects like Angelic Energy, we are also working hard to help residents improve their homes to save money on their bills.
We have recently agreed a new project that will see 300 old and poor performing boilers in council homes that are the most energy inefficient replaced with new boilers.
As well as installing the new boilers, we will also install flue gas heat recovery, which combined will help residents save on average £200 per year. That’s more cash in residents’ pockets and warmer homes that reduce the risk of health problems from the cold.
The project is funded from contributions developers make to the Council to mitigate against carbon emissions arising from new building in the borough.
We are determined to ensure that development in Islington works for local people by securing as much genuinely affordable housing as possible, and through contributions like these to tackle fuel poverty.
Pictured - Cllr Claudia Webbe