January 2014: The GLA has decided to seek additional support in its bid to DECC’s Green Deal Communities Fund. The approval form states that:
“The GLA is seeking approval to commission Create and Sustain Limited through a Single Source Action to provide services up to a maximum value of £27,000 to support the RE:NEW programme from November to March 2014.
The key aims for this period are:
- to develop the GLA’s bid to the DECC Green Deal Communities Fund
- to liaise with, and gain buy in from key stakeholders including London boroughs, social landlords and delivery agents as necessary to complete the bid
- to work with the London Landlord Accreditation Service to develop the bid
- to provide additional support to the RE:NEW Programme which could include:
- finalising the MoUs with Energy Suppliers
- support with the paperwork and processes needed to establish the project management resource if successful with the DECC funding
- support a review of the RE:NEW Framework“
The £20m Green Deal Communities Fund was launched by Government in July 2013 – details here and then, in December 2013, as part of the announced changes to ECO, DECC stated that the Government “will increase the funds available to local authorities this year through Green Deal Communities from £20 million to £80 million, to help support ‘street-by-street’ programmes for hard-to-treat homes.” If London were to secure funding on a rough population basis – as much as £10m from this new fund could be directed to the capital’s energy efficiency retrofit programmes.