A project in Leeds is looking to make council homes warmer for over 1,000 tenants with better insulation.

The Transformation Insulation to Back-to-Back (TIBB) project is part of Leeds City Council’s plans to pour £100m into the decarbonisation of its housing stock.

It is hoped that 750 council homes in the city will be improved with new roofs and external wall insulation by next March, reducing damp and lowering energy bills for residents.

The project is receiving £5.2m from the European Regional Development Fund and a further £6.61million from the council’s own housing revenue account.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, the council’s executive member for environment and housing, said: “I am delighted to see this project come to fruition after a successful pilot in Armley last year. Not only will residents living in these properties have warmer homes, but it will also help improve the visual appeal of the properties and help to regenerate the local areas.” said,

“Similar projects already carried out in other parts of the city clearly indicate how external wall insulation can transform very deprived neighbourhoods in a way that low carbon heating alone would not. Improving the thermal efficiency of homes is absolutely vital given the current cost of living crisis and increases in energy bills that the country is facing.”

Councillor Helen Hayden, executive member for infrastructure and climate, added: “Leeds City Council’s ambition is for Leeds to become the first carbon neutral city in the UK and this significant investment will help us work towards achieving that.

“Everyone deserves to live in a warm home which they can afford to heat, and decarbonising homes helps residents save money and protects people from falling ill with cold-related illnesses.

“The project will also help to create local jobs, supports inclusive growth and forms part of the council’s commitment to invest £100m in decarbonising council housing.”