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£100 Million Eco-Energy Project To Help Cornwall's Poorest

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2:47pm 19th March 2013

There is a massive cash boost to help lift Cornwall's poorest families out of fuel poverty.

£100 million is being poured into making Duchy homes more energy efficient.

The deal between British Gas and Cornwall Council will create 140 jobs and extra work for local companies too.

Tim Jones from Devon and Cornwall Business Council, said it was positive news for the wider economy: "Just apart from the fact that it does help people most directly in their pockets which is vital, it makes them feel just a little bit more confident about the future. That translates into more positive activity, so it will certainly help the local shop, help the retail centres.

"The numbers look pretty mouthwatering. It is an absolutely major contribution to issues that are affecting everyone now. Fuel poverty is a massive issue. This is something that will affect communities right across Cornwall and also the business community, so really great news."

Most of the jobs created by the project will go to out-of-work young people.

Mark Holmes from Green Cornwall, said: "Something as simple as insulating your home will save, if you were to do your loft and cavity walls, it could save you between three and six hundred pounds a year, just on your energy bills. So that's the idea of this scheme, is that it will help those people and really bring the bills down."

2:47pm 19th March 2013

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