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Green Deal cash back scheme changes announced

By: Rachael Doyle   •   February 26, 2014


The long awaited changes to the governments Green Deal cash-back scheme has finally been announced.

The Green Deal is a government backed scheme to help reduce the UK’s carbon emissions, by improving the energy efficiency of our homes. Many houses in the UK are poorly insulated and have inefficient heating systems. As a result, people have high energy bills, whist living in draughty buildings that leak vast amount of heat.

The recent announcement states that there has been a positive increase in the cash-back available for the customer. This has jumped from 50% to two thirds, with up to
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Manchester £400m Green Deal wins for trio

By: Rachael Doyle   •   February 21, 2014


Three contractors have been signed up to deliver the Green Deal in Greater Manchester to 60,000 homes. Keepmoat, Wates Living and Willmott Dixon Services will deliver energy-efficiency retrofits to 60,000 households over the next five years, Manchester Council has confirmed.

The deal, agreed through the Greater Manchester Green Deal Delivery Partnership, is expected to create 1,000 jobs and will begin in April 2014. The value of the works was not revealed but the council had sought firms for a deal worth up to £400m when it went out to the market in May 2013.

Keepmoat group sustainability director Nigel Banks
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ECO energy cuts throw social landlords into disarray!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   February 14, 2014


Proposed cuts to the energy company obligation have thrown social landlords’ retrofit plans into disarray. Inside Housing reporter Nick Duxbury reveals just how bad the impact is likely to be – and it’s much worse than you thought.

When in December last year, the government confirmed plans to slash the carbon reduction element of the £1.3 billion-a-year energy company obligation by a third, the move was met with dismay by social landlords.

The proposed cut was a coup for energy companies that had won a reprieve from ambitious targets to install 60,000 solid-wall insulation measures each year – and instead
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