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Cornwall's £100 Million To Beat Fuel Poverty
3:26pm 18th June 2013
(Updated 3:26pm 18th June 2013)
Cornwall gets £100 million pounds to keep warm this winter ... and beyond.
British Gas has teamed up with Cornwall Council to offer free heating upgrades and home insulation.
'Glow Cornwall' will also create 140 jobs.
It is as statistics show one in five Duchy families live in fuel poverty.
British Gas' Fuel Poverty Director Stuart Margerrison said: "There is every chance that those customers will have boilers and insulation installed in their homes free of charge. They have to be on a certain qualifying benefit and be earning under £16,000 pounds a year. But that's really good, those are things we can do very quickly for people and it'd be great to do as much of that work before the winter is on us this year and make sure those customers are benefiting from lower bills."
There is also help for people living in social housing via Ocean Housing and homeowners can also apply for help through the 'Green Deal' scheme.
Councillor Julian German, Cornwall Council's Portfolio Holder for Economy and Culture said of the new partnership: "It is fantastic to see British Gas investing in a base in Cornwall and working with us at Cornwall Council to bring so many permanent new jobs and contracts here. This is the first wave of what we hope will be around 40 jobs based in Cornwall, with around another 100 being either created or supported in the Green Deal and ECO assessment and installation sectors. British Gas has also committed to ensuring that 60% of the Green Deal installations will be undertaken by local small and medium sized companies, setting the foundations for further stimulus to the local economy."
Councillor German continues: "This effective Glow Cornwallpartnership creates the opportunity to potentially lever up to £100 million of external funding for this work to take place with the objective of delivering on-going energy and money savings for some of our most challenged and vulnerable residents."
Helping Cornish residents tackle energy challenges is also an important part of the objective for British Gas' Fuel Poverty Director Stuart Margerrison. He says: "British Gas is delighted to be mobilising this major Green Deal and ECO scheme in partnership with Cornwall Council. Glow Cornwall has already brought new employees from across the county on board and we have many more exciting job opportunities available. We're all looking forward to working right across Cornwall to immediately reduce energy bills and make heating more affordable for tens of thousands of local homes."
The Glow Cornwall team will be at the Green Cornwall Show 2013 at Heartlands on 27th and 28th June. If you are interested you can also visit www.glowcornwall.co.uk or call 0800 316 4425.
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