£500 Million Extra Energy Funding For Schools College Welcomed By Carlisle MP

Carlisle MP, John Stevenson has welcomed extra funding from the Conservative Government, providing a share of £500 million for energy efficiency upgrades for schools and colleges in Carlisle.

Commenting on the announcement John Stevenson MP said: “Schools and colleges are facing rising energy bills during the winter months, after Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine has driven up energy prices worldwide.

“That is why I welcome the Conservative Government providing a share of £500 million for energy efficiency upgrades for schools and colleges in Carlisle, helping them to save on their bills by installing better heating controls, insulation to reduce heat loss from pipes, or switching to energy efficient lighting.

“On top of the Energy Relief scheme, this extra funding will continue supporting schools and colleges by reducing how much they need to spend on their energy and giving them greater certainty over their budgets.”

The extra funding will help schools and colleges save on their energy bills during the winter months and manage energy consumption.

The extra funding from the Conservative Government will not only help schools and colleges save money, it will also make them more energy efficient during the cold period and increase winter resilience for future years.

On average, a primary school will receive approximately £16,000, a secondary school will receive around £42,000, and further education college groups will benefit from approximately £290,000. 

State schools and colleges will be supported with installing better heating controls, insulation to reduce heat loss from pipes, or switching to energy efficient lighting.

The funding will be available in the coming weeks, helping to accelerate work ahead of the colder months, schools and colleges will be able to decide what energy upgrades to prioritise.

The Conservative Government’s Energy Relief will also continue supporting schools and colleges this winter, reducing how much they need to spend on their energy and giving them greater certainty over their budgets.

This extra funding comes on top of £1.8 billion of capital investment already committed this year by the Conservative Government for improving the condition of school buildings.