Carillion and Citysave Boost BES

11th December, 2012

Support services company Carillion is looking forward to working with Citysave Credit Union Ltd as it rolls out delivery of the Birmingham Energy Savers (BES). Developed to improve the energy efficiency of up to 60,000 households across Birmingham, together with schools and other council properties, BES is set to make a huge difference to peoples' lives by making heating more affordable. As the first large scale example of a local authority delivering the Government's Green Deal it will also act as pathfinder for others.

BES will offer a range of efficiency measures, such as insulation and new boilers - and crucially the funding arrangements will make the work affordable and accessible to all. In partnership with Citysave and other local community groups its will also channel help specifically to vulnerable households who may be struggling with rising energy bills. Commenting on the scheme Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart city at Birmingham City Council, said: "This programme represents a major milestone in Birmingham's green ambitions, and demonstrates that the social justice and environmental agendas go hand-in-hand with each other. There are not many times when what we do helps change the world but this is one of them"

Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council said: "It will reduce energy bills for citizens by up to 300 per year - taking up to 40,000 people out of fuel poverty by 2015 - create jobs in the technology supply chain and ensure that there are less carbon emissions from the city."

Roy Wallington, from Carillion added: "We are extremely enthusiastic about working in partnership with Citysave to promote BES and the opportunities from Green Deal. Their expertise at helping vulnerable households at a street, neighbourhood and community level has many crossovers with the aims of BES, especially around helping tackle the plight of fuel poverty. We can also look to support specific initiatives with Citysave such as their "Jam Jar" accounts to make budgeting easier and more affordable. This really is just the start and we look forward to a strong relationship with Citysave going forward that will help those in Birmingham with the most need."

Carillion's delivery of BES is based entirely on a local and community approach that will ensure as much financial and social value as possible is retained in the city. For example, Carillion has committed to create and sustain at least 360 jobs and to help 600 people from priority groups into placements, training and jobs, many through its own investment and skills training but also by encouraging its business partners to invest locally in a range of new green energy facilities.

It has also embarked on a recruitment programme to hire locally-based energy assessors, who will evaluate properties and provide advice on the energy efficiency improvements they require. Recruitment events ware being held in local community centres to deliver yet another boost to the local economy.

Highlighting the significance of BES, Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, has said: "In my view this is probably the single most important thing that Birmingham City Council will do for a while to stimulate the local economy both in terms of creating jobs and producing opportunities for businesses as well as tackling fuel poverty and climate change."

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