Cash boost in fight against fuel poverty

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SCHEMES to promote green energy and tackle fuel poverty in South Yorkshire have received more than £500,000.

The projects are among 132 across the country which have been awarded £46 million from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Sheffield Council is to receive £337,555 to fund help for vulnerable households struggling with fuel bills and £93,656 to organise schemes where groups of people and organisations can bulk-buy energy to save money, while Barnsley Council is receiving £109,187 towards green energy projects.

Energy Secretary Edward Davey said: “We need to find new ways to help people with their energy bills, working with communities and councils across the country.

“The projects we are funding will help people save energy and save money: helping the most vulnerable to heat their homes, getting the Green Deal market up and running and encouraging people to switch energy suppliers to get their bills down.

“This £46million will help councils across England upgrade inefficient heating kit as well as creating demand for and installing insulation under the Green Deal in homes across their areas.

“Funding will also be used to drive forward collective purchasing and switching initiatives at a local level, helping consumers get a better deal on their energy bills.”