Greater Manchester launches “Little Bill” campaign

The Greater Manchester Energy Advice (GMEA) service has completed the launch of its new Green Deal energy efficiency campaign, Little Bill.
The new campaign is the only one of its kind in the country, with all ten local authorities across Greater Manchester participating to help residents improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy bills. It replaces its predecessor, the Get Me Toasty campaign.  
As the three official Green Deal providers for the campaign, Keepmoat Regeneration, Wates Living Space and Willmott Dixon will work with installers and assessors in the local supply chain to retrofit 60,000 households over the next five years. 
The programme is estimated to create over 1,000 jobs and traineeships and save around 60,000 tonnes of CO2e per year. 
Green Deal Communities
Having been successful in applying for a share of the Government’s £88 million Green Deal Communities initiative, the Greater Manchester partnership has received £6.1 million to help fund its Little Bill Communities scheme, which focuses on street-by-street housing retrofit in specific neighbourhoods.
The funding will cover early adopter incentives and offers, developing a network of 30 show homes and providing additional support for installer training in the supply chain. 
Through the Greater Manchester Green Deal partnership, households can qualify for up to £7,000 for energy improvement work, including solid wall insulation, boiler replacements, floor insulation, double or triple glazing and flue gas heat recovery. The figure increases to £12,000 for those becoming a show home.
‘Big difference’
Councillor Jeff Smith, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “Saving money on fuel bills is an ongoing issue for huge numbers of people across Greater Manchester and this scheme, only available to our residents, can pay for work which will make a big difference.”
National progress
The national Green Deal scheme has enjoyed substantial growth in recent weeks, with Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures showing that more Green Deal assessments were lodged in July 2014 than in any month to date. 
However, this was mostly due to the surge in applications for the short-lived Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was closed after just six weeks of operation due to overwhelming demand.

Posted under General Interest on 2 September 2014