More than 700 social houses and flats throughout the Bradford district have undergone insulation upgrades, courtesy of funding provided by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

This initiative forms a crucial part of the Combined Authority’s domestic net zero programme, aimed at ensuring that every resident in West Yorkshire has access to a warm, comfortable, and environmentally friendly home.

Funding for these vital works was secured through the Government-funded Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) scheme. The scheme has significantly benefited over 700 homes in Bradford, offering relief to many residents who may have been grappling with fuel poverty.

West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin spearheaded efforts to secure nearly £40 million from the government to enhance the warmth and affordability of council and social homes. Half of this funding was sourced from social housing providers via the West Yorkshire Housing Partnership.

Bradford Council’s Portfolio for Regeneration, Transport and Planning Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw said: “Insulation helps to slow the rate of heat escaping and entering the home – keeping it warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Following these improvements, residents won’t need to heat their homes as much.

“It’s great that this scheme has been such a success so these households can save money on their energy bills – something desperately needed with the huge price rises we are now seeing.”

Work on the properties included measures to improve the heat efficiency and air tightness to a good level of thermal efficiency, such as double and triple glazing as well as loft, wall, and ground floor insulation.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire said: “I’m delighted that through devolution, people across West Yorkshire are saving more money and living in warmer homes during the cost of living crisis.

“We’re committed to deepening our partnership working across West Yorkshire to improve thousands more council and social homes and build a greener, more vibrant region that is resilient to the climate challenges of the future.

“As we look to deliver a net zero carbon region by 2038, we must ensure that all our homes are fit for the future, which is why we’ll soon be announcing plans to help people improve owned and privately rented homes across the region.”