By STEVE DOWNES
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
More than £800,000 has been handed to East Anglia to help vulnerable residents save money on their energy bills.
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.”