In 2013 around 360 households in Fishwick had external wall insulation on their homes. This was part of a national energy efficiency scheme that should have made homes easier and cheaper to keep warm, but for many households the choice of measures and quality of work was poor and properties developed severe damp and mould. Although over 60 properties had work done to put problems right many others have had to live with the consequences. A scheme that should have helped people has left some of them worse off. We do not think that is right. We know that, done well, insulation makes homes warmer, healthier and affordable and we have funding available to put right failed insulation in some of the affected households in Fishwick.
As a charity we put people at the heart of what we do, and it’s important to us that we work with people in Fishwick to design a project that avoids the mistakes of the past. We know that we cannot solve all the problems caused in 2013, but we hope to make things better for some of the worst affected households.