Have you seen the news of the waking watch replacement fund introduced by the Government? There is £27 million in the pot for waking watch replacement. You may be wondering how that funding is allocated. Well, wonder no more. In this blog post we answer exactly that question; how is the waking watch replacement funding allocated?
It is reported that almost £6 million of the £27 million funding has been allocated to five metropolitan areas. These include Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The waking watch replace fund will be administered by the authorities in these regions.
The remaining £21 million worth of funding will be administered centrally. This will be done by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The funding will be eligible to private sector buildings in all other areas of England. It will also be available to eligible buildings in the social sector too.
To be classed as eligible for the waking watch replacement fund, the building must be located in England. It must be a residential building. It must also have a ‘Waking Watch’ in place. The costs of this ‘Waking Watch’ must have been passed on to the leaseholders. If this is the case, the funding could be allocated to you.
If you have asocial sector building, to be eligible the Registered Provider must give evidence that the ‘Waking Watch’ costs have been passed on to leaseholders. Also, where the costs of installing the alarm also fall on the leaseholders, the building will be eligible.
How is the funding allocated? It is done so on a first come and first serve basis. This means that if the funding could be used for your building, you need to act fast. Even if your building is eligible, if you don’t apply soon, you could miss out.
The individual person or business that is responsible for ensuring the safety of the residents within the building is classed as the ‘responsible person’. This person needs to apply for the money through the waking watch replacement fund. They will also be responsible for supplying any evidence needed.
Applications to the waking watch replacement fund opened on 27th January 2022. The application period will close on the 28th March. However, the applications may end sooner if the money in the funding pot runs out and is allocated before the end date.
Want to make sure you are allocated waking watch replacement funding? Call our team now. We can help you complete the funding application to help ensure you get the funding you deserve.