More than £800,000 has been handed to East Anglia to help vulnerable residents save money on their energy bills.

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The £837,000 is part of £46m of government cash to reduce fuel poverty, boost energy efficiency, and encourage collective switching and purchasing.

The funding will be used by local authorities and other organisations to keep people’s energy bills down and ensure homes are warm this winter, and in the future.

Organisations were invited to bid for money in three areas:

● Tackling fuel poverty by installing efficient central heating and insulation in the homes of vulnerable residents

● Improving home energy efficiency by carrying out Green Deal energy efficiency assessments to give advice to residents

● Spurring people on to group together to bulk buy their energy and switch to cheaper providers.

In East Anglia, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council got £185,000 and Suffolk County Council £165,000 to tackle fuel poverty.

Suffolk County Council (£98,000), Cambridgeshire County Council (£75,000) and Broadland District Council (£232,000) got cash to improve energy efficiency.

Broadland District Council (£37,500), North Norfolk District Council (£18,500) and Norwich City Council (£26,000) received money for energy bulk-buying and switching.

North Norfolk MP and government minister Norman Lamb said: “I have been working with Norfolk Rural Community Council to promote community buying which can save people money on their energy bills.

“I am really pleased the coalition recognises the potential for people to save money by coming together to negotiate or change energy supplier.”

Energy secretary Edward Davey said: “We need to find new ways to help people with their energy bills, working with communities and councils across the country.

“The projects we are funding will help people save energy and save money: helping the most vulnerable to heat their homes, getting the Green Deal market up and running and encouraging people to switch energy suppliers to get their bills down.

“Funding will also be used to drive forward collective purchasing and switching initiatives at a local level, helping consumers get a better deal on their energy bills.”

7 comments

  • But what about those who have to heat by domestic oil? Nothing is being done for them. Why not, don't they count or is it okay for them to freeze?

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    weaversway

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • They wouldn't want to publicise schemes like that. More uptake equals less savings.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Lamb has lost all credibility. His letter in the EDP last week was disgraceful. He was once held up as an icon of virtuousness amongst a mire of self-interest and deceit in British politics. That was before the 2010 election. Now we see that not only has he sold his soul to the Tories, he is even using their misinformation-speak. In his letter he claimed that his coalition has protected funding for the NHS. Would this be the same NHS that has haemorrhaged almost 6,000 nursing and health visitor posts since the general election? The greater priority for his NHS seems to be funding highly paid 'management' positions off-payroll so the individuals concerned can avoid tax. In a similar example of the wrong priorities, while ambulance staff in Norfolk battle bravely to serve the public with ageing vehicles, some with in excess of 250,000 miles on the clock, the 'managers' within the ambulance trust ponder which brand new executive lease cars to choose, all paid for from the trust budget of course. So let's chuck money at council's to deal with fuel poverty because that's easier than tackling the route cause - foreign-owned energy companies run by fat cats from the legacy of the mass privatisation giveaways of the 1980's.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • The warmer homes schemes, about to be curtailed by this coalition of minority party politicians, is 50 million underspent, how many elderly hypothermia victims does that translate into Mr. Lamb?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Why should anyone worry about bills when the big chiefs of the privatised utilities walk off with £6 million pay offs?Vulnerable people particularly must keep themselves warm.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • 46 million support for energy companies, via poor consumers with leaky homes and high energy bills, companies who, by the energy ministers own admission, have overcharged us already for years and will cost us an extra 30 year, each year, because our civil servants signing the con tracts have no idea of procurement law. A coalition of the damned, Norman is partial to helping MP's and Lords to a slice of the privatised NHS, with some 40% of signatories in the Houses of Parliament having voted yes to the bill, furthering their own nest eggs. Coalition politicians are now buying votes and publicity with every step they take.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Does anyone listen to a word Norman Lamb has to say?

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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