Cllr Daniel July 2022

West Devon Borough Council Monthly PC Report July 2022

Ukrainian Refugees

WDBC are continuing to step up plans for supporting the 371 Ukrainians that are looking to come (or have already arrived) in South Hams and West Devon.

We’ve been:

  • Continuing initial property checks for new additions to the scheme
  • Carrying out welcome visits for Ukrainian guests (and planning for a subsequent two visits)
  • Developing a plan for how we support the sustainability of host/guest relationships
  • Develop a rematch scheme for placements that have broken down
  • Plan for the end of the initial 6 months of the scheme
  • Continue to deliver our wraparound support offer (through CAB and CVS)

If anyone has registered an interest in hosting refugee, please let DCC know, you should have had an email asking for your current situation.

Grants for Energy Efficiency

Lower In come Households across Devon can apply for free energy efficiency improvements.

Members of the public can now check their eligibility and apply through the Cosy Devon website.

The scheme is being delivered by the Cosy Devon partnership which consists of Devon County Council (DCC), West Devon Borough Council, South Hams, East Devon, Mid Devon, North Devon, Teignbridge and Torridge District Councils, Torbay Council and Exeter City Council.It follows the partnership securing nearly £10m of government funding. The scheme will offer householders the chance to improve their homes by ensuring that they are warmer, less draughty, and less damp.Improvements will also reduce their energy bills and lower their home’s carbon emissions.  

More than 20 per cent per cent of Devon’s carbon emissions are caused by our homes.

Devon has higher levels of fuel poverty (13%) than the UK (10.6%).  Many homes in Devon need substantial investment and the Cosy Devon partnership is committed to reducing Devon’s domestic carbon footprint and lifting communities out of fuel poverty.

The scheme is available to Devon residents who have an annual combined household income of less than £30,000 and whose homes have an energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F or G.

If you are a homeowner, and live in that property, you can access funding to cover 100 per cent of costs to retrofit your home up to a cap.

Tenants of rented properties can also apply for grants up to a cap with the landlord expected to contribute at least one third towards the cost of the work.

Upgrades could include underfloor and solid floor insulation; insulation to cavity, external and internal walls, and lofts; double glazing, draught proofing, ventilation solar panels and heat pumps.

If you qualify, your home will have to be assessed to determine which energy efficiency measures could be installed. The initiative has a quality assurance plan in place to make sure that works are done correctly and deliver the benefits and savings expected.

The options will then be discussed with you before a final decision is reached.

Cllr Lynn Daniel July 2022