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Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Venue: The George Hudson Board Room - 1st Floor West Offices (F045). View directions

Contact: Louise Cook  Democracy Officer

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Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, the Executive Member is asked to declare:

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

which she may have in respect of business on this agenda.

 

Minutes:

The Executive Member was asked to declare, at this point in the meeting, any personal interests not included on the Register of Interests or any prejudicial or discloseable pecuniary interest that she might have in respect of the business on the agenda. None were declared.

 

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 15 April 2021.

 

Minutes:

Resolved: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 15 April be approved and signed as a correct record by the Executive Member.

3.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. Members of the public may speak on agenda items or on matters within the remit of the committee.

 

Please note that our registration deadlines have changed to 2 working days before the meeting. The deadline for registering at this meeting is at 5.00pm on Thursday 29 July 2021.

 

 To register to speak please visit www.york.gov.uk/AttendCouncilMeetings to fill out an online registration form. If you have any questions about the registration form or the meeting please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting whose details can be found at the foot of the agenda.

 

Webcasting of Public Meetings

 

Please note that, subject to available resources, this public meeting will be webcast including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The public meeting can be viewed on demand at www.york.gov.uk/webcasts.

 

During coronavirus, we've made some changes to how we're running council meetings. See our coronavirus updates (www.york.gov.uk/COVIDDemocracy) for more information on meetings and decisions.

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been no registrations to speak at the meeting under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.

 

4.

The Enforcement of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations within the Private Rented Sector in York pdf icon PDF 273 KB

This report provides a summary of the outcomes of the pilot project and looks ahead to future changes in government standards as well as linking this work with opportunities coming forward as part of the Housing Energy Efficiency Programme including retrofit works.

Decision:

Resolved:

 

                      i.         Noted the report and the possible implications of future Government proposals for the Council;

                     ii.         Supported the continuation of this project subject to the necessary external funding being available; and

                    iii.        Noted the future implications for carbon reduction and housing energy efficiency strategy development.

 

Reason:     This work seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents, reduce fuel poverty and reduce the carbon emissions from our housing sector, supporting the city’s carbon neutral 2030 aspirations.

Minutes:

The Executive Member considered a report that provided an update on progress of the Housing Energy Efficiency Programme, following on from the Executive Member Decision Session of 18 March 2021.

 

The Housing Standards and Adaptations Manager and the Head of Housing Delivery and Asset Management were in attendance to provide an update and answer any questions.

 

The Housing Standards and Adaptations Manager explained the background to the Energy Efficiency Regulations, the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) and the project, including the outcomes and future opportunities. 

 

Key points arising from the presentation of the report included:

·        Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) was shown on an A to G rating scale and was accompanied by a recommendation report that showed how to improve the dwellings energy efficiency.

·        Since April 2020 it had been unlawful to rent out any residential property whose Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) did not meet an E as a minimum, unless they had a valid exemption in place.

·        12 regional partner authorities had been assisted with implementing processes and systems to ensure compliance with and enforcement of the MEES Regulation.

·        A list of 315 properties with non-valid EPCs was compiled and from this initial list, further investigation showed that 123 had subsequently been found to have improved their EPC rating, 49 had left the private rented sector or had been let under a tenancy type not covered by the MEES Regulation, 9 properties had been referred for grant assistance and 5 were currently empty.

·        3 letting agents had amended/repaired websites to include EPC data.

·        Findings of the pilot project had been fed back to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

 

 

·        BEIS were considering raising the minimum standards so that from April 2025 it would be unlawful to let a residential premises that did not reach a minimum energy efficiency standard of C on a new tenancy and from April 2028 to make it unlawful to let any residential property whose EPC did not meet a C.

·        Additional external funding was being sourced to continue the project and to share experience and best practice with other regional councils.

 

The Executive Member noted that the pilot project had already brought about substantial improvements and knowledge across the private rented sector and she welcomed the energy performance improvements which would support the council’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions and improve the health and financial circumstances of residents.

 

Officers were thanked for the work they had achieved so far and for the support they had offered to landlords to meet the increase in legal standards and the Executive Member:

 

Resolved:

 

                      i.         Noted the report and the possible implications of future Government proposals for the Council;

                     ii.         Supported the continuation of this project subject to the necessary external funding being available; and

                    iii.        Noted the future implications for carbon reduction and housing energy efficiency strategy development.

 

Reason:     This work seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents, reduce fuel poverty and reduce the carbon emissions  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Update on the Housing Energy Efficiency Programme and grant application for the Sustainable Warmth Competition pdf icon PDF 554 KB

This report provides an update on progress of the Housing Energy Efficiency Programme, following on from the Executive Member Decision Session of 18 March 2021.

Decision:

Resolved:

 

                      i.         Noted the implementation and delivery of the LAD1B funding and the successful application for LAD2 funding from TVCA including the tight timescales for delivery;

                     ii.         Noted the opportunity to reset the retrofit programme for Council– owned homes following the withdrawal from the WYCA Energy Accelerator project and to receive a further paper following officers consideration of the Social Housing Decarbonisation competitive funding round due to open in late Summer;

                    iii.        Supported the submission of a grant application of approximately £4.6m for the Sustainable Warmth competition as detailed in this paper; and

                   iv.        Subject to receiving grant funding following the Sustainable Warmth Fund application, a report to be brought to Executive or Executive Member Decision Session to agree acceptance of funding and the procurement approach and contract award of a partner to deliver the programme.

 

Reason:     To tackle fuel poverty and to meet the ambition of York being carbon neutral by 2030, to reduce energy demand as well as switching to greener forms of energy across all tenures.

Minutes:

The Executive Member considered a report that provided an update on progress of the Housing Energy Efficiency Programme.

 

The Head of Housing Delivery and Asset Management was in attendance to provide an update and answer any questions. He highlighted the background to the programme and the improvements made under the Local Authority Delivery Programme round 1B (LAD1B) and the Local Authority Delivery Programme round 2 (LAD2) funding.

 

Key points arising from the presentation of the report included:

·        LAD 1B funding would support, across the region, room in the roof insulation to 37 homes and cavity wall insulation to 60 homes.

·        LAD 2 funding would support, across the region, room in the roof insulation to 81 homes, loft insulation and draft proofing to 100 homes and cavity wall insulation to 60 homes.

·        All works would be undertaken in homes with occupants who were on low incomes to support fuel poverty and improve health and wellbeing and help York to achieve its 2030 carbon neutral ambition.

·        Working with partners within the region, officers anticipated that 450 energy efficiency home improvements would be supported through the LAD funding by the end of 2021.

·        The Sustainable Warmth Competition grant had opened for applications, giving council’s the opportunity to bid for funding by the 4 August 2021.  If successful this would support further work to 380 homes in the region in the private, rented and homeowner sector and would be used to reduce the energy demand in each home.

 

The Executive Member was also informed of a further grant opportunity, the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund. If successful, this would support the council’s retrofit programme.

 

The Executive Member noted the challenges and welcomed the progress made to develop and expand the retrofit and energy efficient programmes in the city, which would support resident’s energy bills, the city wide strategy to reduce carbon emissions, tackle fuel poverty and support retrofit, homeowners and tenants.

 

The Executive Member commended officers for the work already achieved by maximising the funding attained so far. She also welcomed the additional staff recruited to support the programmes and she

 

Resolved:

 

                      i.         Noted the implementation and delivery of the LAD1B funding and the successful application for LAD2 funding from TVCA including the tight timescales for delivery;

                     ii.         Noted the opportunity to reset the retrofit programme for Council– owned homes following the withdrawal from the WYCA Energy Accelerator project and to receive a further paper following officers consideration of the Social Housing Decarbonisation competitive funding round due to open in late Summer;

                    iii.        Supported the submission of a grant application of approximately £4.6m for the Sustainable Warmth competition as detailed in the report; and

                   iv.        Subject to receiving grant funding following the Sustainable Warmth Fund application, a report to be brought to Executive or Executive Member Decision Session to agree acceptance of funding and the procurement approach and contract award of a partner to deliver the programme.

 

Reason:     To tackle fuel poverty and to meet the ambition of York being carbon neutral by 2030, to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

 

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