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Minister visits energy saving scheme

Worcester Editorial 20th Mar, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A SCHEME which has helped hundreds of residents in Worcester save on their fuel bills has been visited by energy and climate change minister Gregory Barker.

More than 750 homeowners have taken advantage of Worcester Community Housing’s (WCH) project to get an extra thick layer of insulation wrapped around their property.

Mr Barker, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), visited the city last Thursday (March 13) to view the brick effect render in progress and talk to residents who have had the work completed by contractor Westdale.

Mike Rothwell, head of property investment at WCH, said the scheme, which has been funded by the Energy Company Obligation, has already seen homeowners receive lower fuel bills.

“Both we and our partners Westdale hope that the visit will demonstrate to the Minster what can be achieved through a combination of Government policy and partnership working,” Mr Rothwell said.

“Our involvement as a well-respected local landlord helped encourage private homeowners to take advantage of the cladding alongside our tenants, resulting in more choice and a greater overall impact.

“Local homeowners have really embraced the opportunities that the project has delivered and as a result all are already enjoying warmer homes and lower fuel bills.”

He added: “There are still lots more properties that would benefit from similar work, so if the Minister liked what he saw, we would welcome the chance to become part of a national demonstration project showcasing the work that the Government’s developing Green Deal initiative can deliver.”


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