‘Green Deal’ could help end fuel poverty

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A national scheme aimed at tackling fuel poverty could be offered to Worthing residents, if the council gives the green-light to proposals.

A meeting of the Adur and Worthing Joint Strategic Committee on Thursday, at the Civic Centre in Shoreham, heard representations from West Sussex County Council, which is pioneering the “Green Deal” in the county.

It asked both councils to join with it in investing and promoting the scheme, which targets households, businesses and social landlords.

Under the scheme, money is borrowed from central government for things like loft insulation and solar panels, paid over 25 years. The costs are repaid through a property’s utility bills, with savings made as a result of spending less on them.

However, under the “golden rule” policy, the expected financial savings must be equal to or greater than the costs, ensuring customers will not waste money on improvements without seeing financial benefits.

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, December 6.