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Waltham Forest wins Green Deal money

Waltham Forest residents can look forward to a range of incentives for insulating their homes thanks to a £6.6million windfall Waltham Forest Council has helped secure along with five other London boroughs.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced that Waltham Forest, Haringey, Camden, Islington, Enfield and Hackney Councils will share a pot of £6.6m from the Green Deal Communities Fund scheme.

The scheme aims to involve Local Authorities in working with their local community partners to help residents benefit from energy efficiency improvements across whole streets and areas.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, said, “At a time when ordinary hard working people are struggling with the cost of living, and energy bills in particular, this funding injection could make a real difference to the lives of local residents.

“Along with our neighbouring boroughs, we’re amongst the first in the country to secure this funding. It could really benefit anyone who could do more to insulate and make their property more energy efficient. I would encourage anyone who thinks they could use the measures on offer to look to apply.”

The funding could help up to 1,600 households and it is likely that around £500,000 will be available for Waltham Forest, dependent on take-up by residents, businesses and landlords. The money can be spent on insulating different types of buildings, including Victorian terraces and blocks of flats.

The scheme opens on 22 July – householders, landlords and businesses in the borough can register interest now by emailing with their name, address, e-mail, property age and whether they are a landlord, owner occupier or tenant. People who register will be contacted once the scheme becomes available.

A local cooperative of small and medium enterprises has been formed to support delivery of measures and will create and sustain local jobs. A network of community organisations will help raise awareness of retrofit measures, promote uptake and encourage energy saving behaviour.

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