Calderdale Council to see if new government strategy could help make homes warmer and cheaper to heat

Richard Armitage, Housing Projects Manager at Calderdale Council, answers UCV Plain Speaker’s questions about whether the increase in Green Deal Communities funding, announced last week as part of the government’s new Community Energy Strategy, is likely to help his team’s work of improving home energy efficiency and reducing fuel poverty.  Richard also outlines how this might tie in with the work of the Calderdale Community Energy community benefit society, which the Council is to set up in partnership with local third sector organisations.
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All in a day’s work: incoherent Coalition simultaneously publishes #CommunityEnergy Strategy and rips up standards for renewable energy in new builds

David Cameron has announced that his government is ripping up more than 3,000 environmental protection regulations, including building standards relating to demands for renewable energy sources.

Environmental campaigner and journalist George Monbiot tweeted that weakening building regulations in a cold country is a recipe for “either misery or spending a fortune on fuel bills”.

On the same day, Monday 27th January, the Coalition government published its Community Energy Strategy (CES). This requires local authorities to support community renewable energy schemes, provides some increased funding for such schemes, and aims to reduce people’s fuel bills.
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