West Midlands MEP advocates the ‘Green Deal’ for social housing

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In a newsletter this week (not yet available on his website) Local Euro MP Phil Bennion expresses the hope that the government’s ‘Green Deal’ will be more widely extended to help people in rented social housing: “Millions of homes in the UK do not have full double-glazing. More than half do not have enough insulation or an efficient condensing boiler. […]

Solving fuel poverty – an update

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  Chart 4.3 in a 2011 DECC report showed that the West Midlands had highest rate of fuel poverty with around 26% of households requiring to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel to maintain an adequate level of warmth. A Chamberlain Forum article confirms that this position has been maintained, with a slight percentage decrease.  Department for […]

Birmingham Council: reducing fuel poverty and making the city cleaner and greener

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News of further progress on the Green Deal front.   In October the Construction Enquirer reported that Carillion Energy Services had been confirmed as preferred bidder by Birmingham City Council on a £600m retrofitting deal to improve energy efficiency for 60,000 homes. The Birmingham Energy Savers scheme will see Carillion install energy efficiency measures like insulation and new boilers by […]

Meet the Bidder Event – Community Groups & Community Service Organisations – 3rd May

Posted Posted in Energy, Uncategorized

We wanted to promote the event below which sounds like a good opportunity for community based organisations to see what the Birmingham Energy Savers opportunities could be. We are NOT involved in organising it, but the text of this letter does not seem available elsewhere on the internet, so we thought posting it here would enable us to promote through […]

Energysaving Co-op launch, Weds 21st Sept 7pm

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Just a last minute promotion for the launch of the new Energysaving Co-op. Please let John know if you are planning to attend! Midlands Co-operative Society Member Relations and Localise West Midlands would like to introduce: The UK’s most exciting new Co-op –  The energy saving co-operative The energy saving co-operative provides households and communities with a Fair Green Deal […]