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  1. New funding available to update old boilers and fight fuel poverty

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    Stratford District Council is working with its partners Act on Energy, an energy advice charity based in the District, and the fuel poverty charity National Energy Action – who are providing funding to replace or introduce a central heating system for households who are struggling to heat their home.

    This scheme is delivered as part of the Warm and Well in Warwickshire programme which aims to improve home energy efficiency and help residents keep warm and well during colder weather. This funding is available for low income, private homeowners who have a long term health condition made worse by living in a cold home. Living in a cold home negatively affects dexterity and increases the risk of accidents in the home.

    To qualify for financial help, home owners need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • In receipt of means tested benefits or have an income below £16,010 per year.
    • A member of the household has a diagnosed long term health condition such as respiratory or cardiovascular disease. (See full eligibility criteria for a more comprehensive list of conditions.)
    • Have an old and inefficient or broken central heating system or no central heating system in your home

    Cllr Robert Vaudry, the District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Infrastructure said: “Many households in our District are thought to have a low income and high energy costs making heating their home more difficult.  By improving the heating system we can make keeping warm more affordable and living conditions more comfortable.  We are working in partnership with a number of organisations to get information to residents who are most in need.”

    Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive of NEA said: “This is a new and exciting programme. The evidence base clearly demonstrates that living in a cold home can cause premature death and exacerbate a range of health conditions potentially costing the NHS over £22 billion in the next 15 years. Partnerships funded through this programme will demonstrate how improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock can improve health and well-being”.

    For more information including full eligibility criteria contact Act on Energy 0800 988 2881. Act on Energy is the local energy advice charity supporting residents for over 18 years.

    To confirm your eligibility and register your interest contact Act on Energy 0800 988 2881

    Funding is allocated on a first come first served basis and will require a home visit from an energy advisor to evidence householder eligibility.   The scheme will close in March 2017 or sooner if all the funding is allocated before.

  2. Greenstone Finance acquisition of the Green Deal Finance Company

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    LONDON, 15 January 2017, Greenstone Finance and Aurium Capital Markets (“Aurium”) have today announced the acquisition of the business and assets of the Green Deal Finance Company (“GDFC”), as well as its existing loan book with a principal value in excess of £40m; the acquisition is being supported by Honeycomb Investment Trust (“HIT”) which is managed by Pollen Street Capital.

    Read the full press release

  3. Spreading the word about smart meters: Local charity Act on Energy wins Smart Energy GB in Communities grant

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    Act on Energy has received a grant to spread the word about smart meters amongst several disadvantaged groups in the West Midlands. It is one of just 18 national and regional organisations to receive a large grant from the Smart Energy GB in Communities fund.

    Every home in Britain will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier, at no extra cost, by 2020. Smart meters provide gas and electricity readings directly to suppliers, meaning an end to estimated billing. They also show people how much they are using in pounds and pence, via a hand-held in-home display.

    This grant fund is a central part of Smart Energy GB’s work to ensure everyone in Great Britain hears about smart meters and knows how to use them to get their gas and electricity under control. It is working with partners across England, Scotland and Wales to reach people who may face barriers to claiming or using their smart meter.

    Act on Energy has received £18,000 from Smart Energy GB, the national campaign for the smart meter rollout. The funding will be used to work directly with communities in areas of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Solihull.

    The fund is managed by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which has 45 years’ experience in designing and delivering strategic grant-making programmes. It is part of the Smart Energy GB in Communities programme, which is being delivered by a consortium of charities – National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS), Media Trust, and CAF – to help ensure no one is left behind in the smart meter rollout.

    “This represents a significant advance for households to only pay for the energy they’ve used rather than having estimated bills from their energy supplier” stated David Jullien, Chief Executive of local charity Act on Energy. “We encourage householders to reduce their energy use and costs in many ways and smart meters are the next logical step.”

    Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said:

    “Smart meters are transforming the way we buy and use energy. Our job at Smart Energy GB is to make sure that everyone in Britain knows what a smart meter is, how to get one, and how to use it to get their gas and electricity under control.

    “We know we can‘t do this job alone. We rely on expert partners to share information in ways that work for people who may need additional support to understand how to get and use a smart meter. We’re delighted to be working with Act on Energy through Smart Energy GB in Communities, to ensure everyone has the information they need to benefit from this transformative new technology.”