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Worcester Homes Set To Benefit From Green Schemes

7 October 2013

Worcester residents are set to benefit from a new partnership that will manage the Government’s carbon reduction and energy efficiency schemes in the region, it has been revealed.

Worcester City Council announced that it has inked a deal with support services provider Carillion to provide energy saving home improvements under the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal.

Under the deal, Worcester residents will be able to apply for financial assistance to pay for energy efficient measures, including Loft Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, and boiler replacement.

A means tested assessment will establish if residents are entitled to these changes as a part of the Energy Company Obligation, a scheme launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC ) in January. Those that meet the specified requirements – mainly those on a low income or unemployed – will be entitled to a non-repayable grant to pay for the home improvements.

Those that do not meet the requirements will be able to take out a Green Deal loan to pay for these same improvements. The loan, which can be repaid over a period of up to 25 years, is paid back via a property’s electricity bill at a fixed rate. The scheme is unique in that the cost of repayment must not exceed the sum of the saving made by installing the energy efficient measures, meaning householders should not be out of pocket.

The partnership between WCC and Carillion will run until 2020 and is estimated to bring £140 million of investment into the city and the rest of Worcestershire.

Councillor Lynn Denham, cabinet member for customer services and communication, said: “The Green Deal provides a real opportunity for residents to get better home insulation and better energy efficiency.

“We know how much people spend on their energy bills, and those bills are continuing to rise – this is our way of making sure that no community is left behind.”

The news will be a boost to Worcestershire, where 19% of homes are considered to be in fuel poverty, meaning more than 10% of their income is spent on fuel bills.

Insulation, particularly Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation, reduces heat loss in a property and can generate significant savings. A property that installs both can expect to save up to £320 per year.

In response to the announcement, Councillor Neil Laurenson told the Worcester News: “Energy bills are one of the biggest issues for people at the moment, so this is great news for the city.

“I’m very pleased about it because from a Green perspective, we are doing what we set out to do.

As previously reported, Carillion has already entered into agreements with Birmingham City Council, Redditch County Council and Telford & Wrekin Council to provide services under the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation. The Wolverhampton-based company also signed on as official partner to energy company SSE back in June.


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