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Local Authorities leading the way on the Green Deal

Across the country Local Authorities (LAs) are leading the way on the Green Deal. From the Warm up North partnership in the North East to Glow Cornwall in the South West, councils are working across their communities to help their residents realise the benefits that energy efficiency improvements can bring through cosier, warmer homes and importantly lower fuel bills.

DECC is working closely with councils up and down the land to support their work on Green Deal. In late 2012 £13m was awarded to eight cities to trial aspects of the Green Deal ahead of the full Green Deal framework being in place. This included trialling assessments, using local loan products to support work and establishing show homes to promote future work. Across Greater Manchester for example this enabled work to be delivered to over 600 households and helped to lever in a further £5m. Further information is on the AGMA website.

On the back of this work DECC then launched the £10m Pioneer Places Local Authorities fund to kick start Green Deal activity and help test early Green Deal processes in a live environment. This programme supported 39 projects covering around 150 councils across the country. It helped support a number of Green Deal Assessments, providing early opportunities for the emerging Green Deal supply chain.

For example Worcestershire county council through the Worcestershire Energy Pioneers worked with their student communities to carry out pre-assessment surveys on student properties to judge the property’s suitability for a Green Deal Assessment. Student surveyors were trained and between them carried out around 250 pre-assessment surveys the details of which were then passed on to partner project providers (Carillion and Act on Energy) to organise and complete full Green Deal Assessments.

Several local authorities also used innovative strategies to raise awareness of the Green Deal using Open Homes. Brighton and Hove created a film of the retrofitting process, to simply explain the processes and the technologies used; Warrington instead created a ‘virtual’ Green Trail where users could view online all of the show homes created as part of the project without having to physically visit them.

On the back of the core cities and Pioneer Places support there are many LAs developing and preparing to launch their Green Deal offers. In many instances county councils are providing the lead. For example, in addition to Worcestershire mentioned above, others include Kent, Cambridgeshire, West and East Sussex county councils who are all leading work with their constituent districts and boroughs to procure partners to offer Green Deal to their residents.

In Sussex , the Sussex Energy Saving Partnership (West & East Sussex and Brighton and Hove councils) are completing procurement for a Green Deal delivery partner to deliver energy saving measures in more than 680,000 households over the next 25 years, starting with 17,000 homes by 2017.’
It doesn’t stop there. Warm Up North (which includes Newcastle and seven other Local Authorities in the North East) announced British Gas as it’s delivery partner with an 8 year contract that will cover £200 million worth of measures for 50,000 households. This is also expected to deliver 500 jobs in the region.

Additionally, Hull City Council has just launched procurement for their Green Deal Delivery Partner to deliver the Council’s 3,250 strong housing stock over five years. This is estimated to be worth between £20 million and £60 million.

Similarly Leeds City Region (working with its 11 constituent authorities) is tendering for a partner to deliver a three year £100m Green Deal initiative, targeting 12,000 homes in first few years which could create over 600 new jobs in three years.

To further support the work of these leading councils, DECC has recently launched the £20m Green Deal Communities fund. This will provide funding of £1-3m to enable local authorities to deliver Green Deal to whole streets and communities. For further information see the Green Deal Communities page on GOV.UK.

Local councils, working with local and commercial partners, are leading the way on Green Deal. They are viewing energy efficiency as a way of regenerating communities, in the process addressing other local priorities such as creating jobs and making links with their health agenda.
If you not involved why not talk to some of these leading authorities or contact us at greendealcommunities@decc.gsi.gov.uk to see if we can help.

11 Responses to “Local Authorities leading the way on the Green Deal”

  1. […] of dwellings from taking up energy efficient improvements under the Green Deal. At the moment, local authorities are leading the way on the Green Deal, making an effort to convince their residents on the benefits that energy efficiency improvements […]

  2. Fiona Trappe says:

    What is the situation with Green Deal for commercial and industrial buildings?

  3. Tom Fletcher says:

    This is all good news as energy efficiency is key to reducing energy costs, keeping warmer and providing the carbon reduction targets a helping hand.

    Many LAs are not promoting the Energy Company Obligation + Green Deal sufficiently to engage more landlords, home owners etc toward the likes of hard to treat walls and properties. My company can offer landlords and home owners cavity wall insulation and loft insulation for no costs when 3 storey buildings are concerned. Many blocks of flats can also access grant aided funding to establish district heating systems also and this has a community feel.

    Positive end user engagement is key with accurate facts and figures relayed in simple terminology.

  4. Chris Palmer says:

    One of the best energy saving methods? A rated windows….try getting them done under the golden rule, impossible, even 5% vat on these would make all the difference.

    • Green Deal team says:

      Hi Chris,

      Glazing is included in the list of improvements eligible for Green Deal Finance . However, it must be one of the recommendations in your advice report, which will indicate the savings you are likely to make when replacing your windows. These savings can be used to support a Green Deal finance plan that could pay for some of the cost of the windows but probably not for all. Glazing is also eligible for Green Deal Cashback.

  5. Ron Kennor says:

    It seems the main beneficiaries of the Green Deal are Landlords in general and Local authorities in particular in that the tenant pays for the improvements through a higher electricity bill and the landlord reaps any increase in value without any capital outlay.
    Take up of the green deal by owner occupiers simply isn’t happening.

  6. John Watts says:

    A Phillips has hit the nail on the head. Try asking for your ‘XML’ file and your ‘EPR’ report, after you have paid for your assessment, so you can proceed. The providers are not interested unless you have this.

  7. Social enterprises like Energise Barnet in London working in partnership with the local Council are also leading the way on the Green Deal

  8. What a cunning and underhand way of getting the Green Deal to be taken up. I was not aware that local authorities were a target market for the Green Deal – I thought it was generally individual households. You normally can’t get it for external insulation of solid walls (too expensive – the savings do not cover the interest rate being charged) which rules out an enormous % of older UK housing stock which are often the houses most needing thermal improvement. And councils can add any extra costs on to their Council Tax and spread the cost on the rest of us. At 7 to 9% interest the whole thing is a con. The “approved Green Deal Contractors” (mostly large companies) all charge at least 10% more that normal local tradesment for the same work. In my opinions, it really is a big-business green-speak con.

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