Green Deal Funding for 7 Cities Announced

16th November, 2012

Seven cities across England will receive part of a £12 million fund to help them give the Green Deal a kick start in their city regions. They cities are Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield. The funding will support each local authority’s plans to test key elements of the Green Deal. It will be an opportunity to try out elements of the Green Deal Framework such as the assessment procedures and installation work. The intention is to provide early feedback. Work will include retro fitting properties across communities. Overall, the intention is to provide around 2,500 retrofits both to domestic and non domestic properties.

Each of the cities is going to generate match funding or provide this support themselves. The Government has also announced the launch of the Green Deal Cash Back Scheme. This is a ‘first-come-first-served’ offer under which householders can claim cash back from the Government on energy saving improvements. This will include items such as insulation, replacement front doors, double glazed windows and boilers.

These packages could be worth over £1,000 as the more work you do the more work you get. The scheme will be available from 28th January 2013 for households in Birmingham and Wales.
£40 million will be available in the first instance but after this the amount of the cash back available may reduce. The scheme is available to private landlords who rent out in the private rented sector.

In the meantime, Green Deal providers will be offering plans from 28th January 2013, it has been confirmed.

Energy minister, Gregory Barker MP, recently stated: “Green Deal providers, who are responsible for arranging finance for their Green Deal offers, will be able to offer Green Deal plans to consumers from 28 January 2013. My officials have been working with representative market players—including electricity suppliers, prospective Green Deal providers, and financiers—to undertake robust, end-to-end testing of the Green Deal framework. This testing has the objective of ensuring that the systems and processes behind the Green Deal function as intended, providing assurance that key market players will themselves be able to interact with and operate Green Deal systems and processes, and that the marketplace offers a user- and consumer-friendly experience from day one.”

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