£5m for local authority's fuel poverty fight
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Local Government
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A local authority has secured £4.8 million of green deal communities funding to help alleviate fuel poverty.
Telford & Wrekin Council will use the money to fund the cost of energy efficiency improvements for up to 1,000 of the hardest to heat homes in the borough.
The scheme will be delivered by Telford Energy Savers, an initiative set up last year by the council, using local companies to undertake the works.
The fund will help to pay for more costly improvement works, such as external and internal wall insulation, as well as energy efficient boiler replacements.
Homeowners will need to contribute the amount that the efficiency savings create, while for those that are unable to pay, the council says that "several options" are available.
Councillor Charles Smith, cabinet member for housing development, said: “We are working hard to alleviate fuel poverty, reduce cold-related deaths and save energy across the borough. The Green Deal project allows us to tackle these.
“Local homeowners will be able to benefit from the scheme and we hope that as many as possible will take advantage of this funding.”