The Local Authority Delivery (LAD) Scheme Phase 2 Funding Grant
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Cabinet were informed of notification received confirming the award of grant funding for the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) Scheme Phase 2. In line with the requirements of the funding, the project had a delivery deadline of March 2022 which was deemed achievable.
The Director (Housing) explained that a previous project looking at a ground source heat pump and solar panels for sheltered housing schemes had to be scrapped due to the available funding, the price per property cap and increased material costs. Instead, 100 suitable homes were identified which could be improved substantially by completing various energy efficiency measures and all the properties identified met the requirements to be eligible for LAD2 Funding. The project would be part funded by the Council (33%) and external funding (67%).
The Chair agreed it was a worthwhile scheme that would provide support to residents in need when energy prices were increasing, and it fully utilised all of the money given to the Council by the Government.
Cllr Wallace voiced her support for the scheme and noted the difficulty of successfully meeting the March 2022 deadline to spend the grant money.
In response to the Chairs question, the Director (Housing) confirmed that the Leader of the opposition had been consulted prior to the Cabinet meeting and he approved of the decision.
Resolved that Cabinet:
· Noted the grant award notification
· Ratified the decision to accept the award taken by the Director (Housing), in consultation with the S.151 Officer
· Approved the addition of the project to the current year capital programme, recognising that 67% of the cost of the project was to be met from external funding and 33% funded by the Council
Publication date: 04/01/2022
Date of decision: 04/01/2022
Decided at meeting: 04/01/2022 - Cabinet