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2013
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Ministerial visit highlights early Green Deal success



ISSUED ON BEHALF OF LEEDS CITY REGION












(Left to right): Cllr Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, Leeds City Council, Cllr Mehboob Khan, leader of Kirklees Council and Leeds City Region lead on the Green Deal, Rt Hon Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change meet local residents Mr and Mrs Cuss who have benefitted from external wall insulation.










(Left to right): Rt Hon Greg Barker views properties with Cllr Mark Dobson and Cllr Mehboob Khan in Leeds that have been updgraded thanks to Green Deal go early projects.










The visit shows the external wall insulation work in progress.




The Rt Hon Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change is joining Leeds City Region representatives today to see how the region’s Green Deal go early pilots are benefitting Yorkshire’s residents and businesses.



Residents, providers, installers along with members of the Leeds City Region Partnership and Leeds City Council are meeting the Minister at homes currently undergoing an energy efficient makeover in Leeds.



£2.5million funding is allowing the works at the Baildon Place homes, along with projects in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and York, to test out different aspects of the Green Deal prior to a region-wide scheme being launched next year.



As well as the direct benefits of warmer homes and reduced fuel bills for residents, the Leeds City Region Green Deal offer will ensure that carbon emissions from domestic properties will be reduced and that local businesses can play their part in securing a low carbon economy.



The Leeds City Region Partnership is about to commence procurement of a partner to manage and deliver the Green Deal. Feedback and lessons learned from the pilot projects will be key to ensuring as many homes as possible can be made warmer and more cost-efficient through this scheme.



The Rt Hon Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change said:

“Seeing the results of these go early pilots is a clear demonstration that the Green Deal is helping people stay warmer for less.



“Homes across the country are needlessly wasting energy, costing residents money they can sometimes ill afford. Examples like this in the Leeds City Region show that this is a sustainable way to help people keep their energy bills low while supporting the green economy.”



Councillor Mehboob Khan, leader of Kirklees Council and Leeds City Region lead on the Green Deal said:

“These pilot projects are a clear example of how we’re putting our vision for a dynamic, sustainable low carbon economy that balances economic growth with high quality of life into action.



“The regional pilots have allowed us to look at the Green Deal process as a whole, and ensure we have the supply chain and skills needed to realise its huge potential in our area.



“Taking these experiences on board will help us to work collectively to roll out the largest Green Deal offer in the country for the benefit of Leeds City Region residents and businesses.”



Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment said:

“The successes we’ve seen from local schemes to tackle inefficient homes and fuel poverty in Leeds has only strengthened our resolve; improving hard-to-treat properties is a priority for us.



“Our experiences and those of our neighbouring authorities tell us there is a real appetite for energy efficient home improvements. We’ll be able to continue to support residents with the economies of scale offered by the city region’s Green Deal scheme.”



The 11 local authorities across the city region have agreed to work together to deliver the Government’s Green Deal initiative, enabling more than 12,000 homes to make energy saving home improvements reducing bills and carbon emissions in the first few years of operation.



The £100million Leeds City Region scheme could create over 600 new jobs in the three years and support up to 24,000 direct and supply chain jobs over the next 25 years.



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Notes to editors:



Green Deal go early pilots in Leeds City Region




  1. Pilot projects in Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and York are offering a variety of improvements including: health professionals referring patients with chronic ill health conditions exacerbated by cold living condition for heating and other energy efficient improvements; improvements to hard-to-treat properties with loans and local incentives supported by behaviour change work; works to individual homes and entire streets regardless of tenure with a mixture of loans and grants offered.




Green Deal




  1. Fuel poverty is prevalent across the whole of the city region, ranging from around 15% to 22% of households in the City Region. With ever increasing fuel bills, fuel poverty levels will also rise unless the significant and sustained energy efficiency improvements, such as through the Green Deal are delivered.

  2. The Green Deal is a new way of enabling any householder (landlords, tenants, owner occupiers) to access up-front funding to carry out works to their property to improve the insulation, heating, glazing, lighting, heating controls and install renewable sources of heat and micro-generation.

  3. The Leeds City Region scheme would seek to ensure that the majority of the jobs are created locally, particularly SMEs, and would provide a catalyst for growing the Low Carbon Sector.




The Leeds City Region Partnership




  1. The Leeds City Region (LCR) Partnership brings together a group of 11 local authorities (Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield, York and North Yorkshire County Council), its local enterprise partnership (LEP) and partners to support economic growth and a better quality of life for our communities.

  2. To achieve this vision the Partnership is working to deliver a city region wide economic strategy, “The Plan”. The Plan’s objectives are to support business and enterprise, enable a skilled and flexible workforce, foster a low carbon, sustainable economy and create the infrastructure for growth.

  3. To ensure effective delivery of these priorities the Partnership was one of the first to agree a ‘city deal’, securing Government support to deliver its flagship initiatives.


The Leeds City Region economy


  1. The Leeds City Region is the largest city region economy and financial centre in the country outside London. With a £54billion economy representing 5% of England’s economy, over 100,000 businesses and a 3 million population, the city region continues to be at the forefront in driving the economy of the North and accelerating national economic prosperity.

  2. For more information on the Leeds City Region Partnership please visit www.leedscityregion.gov.uk.


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