Seven cities across England will receive a share of £12m in order to help their regions to get the Green Deal scheme started up, a proposal which will help people pay for home improvements, like insulation, through savings on their energy bills.
The cities – Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield – have put forward ambitious proposals to lower their carbon emissions and this new funding will support their plans to test key elements of the Green Deal.
The plans include retrofitting properties across whole communities with energy-saving insulation. This is where highly skilled contractors may be required, as initial indications suggest that the cities expect to deliver around 2,500 retrofits to households and non-domestic properties.
Energy Secretary Edward Davey said, “These cities have really ambitious plans to lower their emissions, reduce energy use and help people save money on their bills. I’ve been really impressed by their plans to start testing the Green Deal and transforming our homes and buildings.
“This funding will help them get up and running, and I look forward to seeing a number of properties across whole communities get the energy efficient improvements they need.”