Green Deal communities cash boost announced
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced a new £88 million fund to promote the greater uptake of the Green Deal among whole communities across the UK.
Aiming to provide a boost to sustainability and lower heating bills for up to 32,000 properties, this latest tranche of funding will be made available to 24 local authorities and provide grants for the installation of measures including solid wall insulation, new heating systems and more.
Many property owners have fared badly over recent months following cuts to the Energy Companies Obligation and this latest announcement aims to offset some of the concerns for individuals facing ongoing high bills.
Authorities included in the rollout of this new round of funding include Bristol City Council, Worcestershire County Council, Nottingham City Council and a range of boroughs across London.
Minister for energy Greg Barker commented: "Properties across the country are leaking hundreds of pounds every year through faulty boilers, draughty windows and insufficient insulation.
"By installing energy saving improvements we can help thousands of hard pressed consumers save energy and lower their bills."
The Green Deal has come under fire in recent months due to the relatively poor levels of uptake among homeowners across the country. Indeed, fewer than 1,000 people have so far completed Green Deal home improvements, despite the scheme having been running for more than a year.
Issues surrounding the perceived high cost of loans, as well as a lack of public awareness and a failure to support smaller builders and energy efficiency materials providers have so far been highlighted as the greatest stumbling blocks to the success of the initiative.
It is an issue the government is keen to address though, as when it was launched, the coalition claimed the Green Deal could help to make this parliament one of the most committed to sustainability and green issues in history.
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