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Enfield Council and British Gas Announce Partnership to Improve Local Homes

Enfield Council has today announced a partnership with British Gas to deliver a major energy efficiency improvement programme to Council homes worth up to £10million.

The project will see 1,000 of the poorest households in Enfield benefit from the programme, which will reduce their energy bills and help tackle fuel poverty. It is believed to be the first time that a project of this scale will be delivered by a 'Big 6' utility company and a London Borough.

British Gas and Enfield Council estimate this funding should reduce residents' fuel bills by around 40%, or up to £400 per year. The £3million pilot scheme at Scott House, a 101 flat block in Edmonton, will start in April. It will provide wall and roof insulation, double glazing and switch this tower block's current oil powered boiler to a more economical gas one.

British Gas has also earmarked funding to improve the energy performance of a further 916 Council homes across Enfield. British Gas has agreed to fund these energy efficiency works through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). This phase of the project representing a £7m investment will launch at the end of May 2013.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Ahmet Oykener, said: "This is a historic project and one which Enfield Council is enormously proud of. It is believed to be the first time that a project of this scale will be delivered by a 'Big 6' utility company and a London Borough.

"To have struck a deal with British Gas to deliver millions of pounds of investment and reduce residents' energy bills is superb. In partnership with big business we are reducing energy bills and making Enfield's homes warmer."

"This pioneering scheme will help lift 1,000 of our poorest households out of fuel poverty at a time when the cost of electricity and gas continues to rise."

"Enfield Council is using British Gas' investment as a spur to create local jobs and we are working with local businesses so they can position themselves to help install the energy efficiency improvements that have been earmarked for this project.

"Employing local people to help renew Enfield's housing stock makes perfect sense, especially with further employment opportunities as ECO is rolled out across the UK. During difficult economic times, this is truly a win win."

"We are delighted that British Gas is investing huge sums of money in Enfield. I am confident that this is just the start. This can act as the gateway to further energy company investment to improve the energy performance of Enfield's homes and create jobs for Enfield's residents."

Claire Williams, Managing Director of British Gas New Energy said, “British Gas is proud to be working with Enfield Council to make energy saving improvements to homes in the area.

“Residents can expect to see a real difference during the coming months as the partnership invests substantially to tackle fuel poverty and the wide-range of energy challenges.

“This partnership will bring real local economic benefits including new jobs and new green skills. It is a great example of business and public sector working together to make peoples’ homes warmer and more energy efficient.”

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