£12m to kick-start Green Deal for English cities

Seven cities across England will receive a share of £12 million today to help them kick-start the Green Deal in their regions.

Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield put forward the proposals to lower their emissions, and the funding will go towards testing elements of the Green Deal.

Liverpool is the only government-designated ‘core city’ which did not submit a proposal, though a Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesperson told CN the city is “actively considering how it might roll out” the scheme.

Paul Davies, a partner at PwC, an advisory firm to the Green Deal Finance Company, said: “Any funding that supports bringing together action on fuel poverty, energy efficiency and the roll-out of the Green Deal is a good thing.

“It’s showing the government’s intent to get the Green Deal ball rolling, and will provide early stage funding for agencies with a big influence on large housing stocks across the UK.”

He added: “We can’t get away from the fact that we need to radically improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock, or the last few years of energy pricing headlines could seem moderate in comparison.”

The cities also proposed to generate match funding, or provide direct support.

The £12m, which will be drawn from the £200m Green Deal launch incentives pot, was allocated by population and adjusted by the nature of proposals.

The chosen cities were those to which Whitehall transferred spending powers earlier this year, with the exception of Liverpool.

Energy secretary Ed Davey said he had been “really impressed” by the cities’ “really ambitious plans” to reduce emissions and energy use.

“This funding will help them get up and running”, he added. “I look forward to seeing a number of properties across whole communities get the energy-efficient improvements they need.”

The proposals included retrofitting community properties, with around 2,500 retrofits expected to be delivered to households and non-domestic properties.

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