Clifton housing insulation programme stopped

ConDems have lost the plot on climate change prevention and on lowering energy bills.
All part of a panicked response to Ed Miliband’s cost of living initiatives.
Cllr. Alan Clark reports “British Gas has cancelled the contract for Clifton for solid wall insulation. They have been allowed to do this because the Government in the Autumn Statement changed the targets for energy companies and British Gas says it can meet the new targets without this and various other contracts.
“The contract requires a 90 day notice and the contractors’ response has been to flood Clifton with workers, because they will get paid by British Gas for all the work they complete.”

http://www.nottinghampost.com/MP-hits-insulation-plan-cut/story-20438985-detail/story.html
Lilian Greenwood MP tweets “Whilst energy companies continue to make hundreds of millions of £ profit Nottm families in solid wall homes lose out #Toryfail #LibDemfail”
A chance to reduce bills and have warmer homes is being lost.

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Advice for those in need in The Meadows

Around 50 people came to the Queens Walk Community Centre throughout this afternoon, seeking advice on changes to Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit and support for disabled people.
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Frustration at some of the weird side effects whereby a drive on costs can actually mean higher costs to the public purse, as well as the straight injustice of asking more from those most in need, when there are tax cuts for the rich.
Nottingham City Homes were also on hand to offer information, help & advice and Cllr Alan Clark & Nottingham Energy Partnership helped around 10 people on changing energy suppliers or a lower tariff.

new ‘Nottingham Energy Tariff’

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Nottingham City Councillor Alan Clark reports that –
On Friday 8th March, he’ll be launching the new ‘Nottingham Energy Tariff’, a new web-based tool that will help residents easily switch their gas and electricity suppliers.
The “Tariff” aims to help by searching all the available tariffs online and produces a result that is tailored to an individuals specific needs – based upon their existing energy usage, address, time they have been signed up by their current providers and whether or not they have pre-payment meters or smart meters.
The City Council has teamed up with Energylinx and Nottingham Energy Partnership to deliver this and Energylinx state that changing both gas and electricity suppliers will, on average, save households £200 per year. Alan believes that this represents the quickest and best way for residents to make their energy more affordable and get a deal most suited to their own requirements.
Evidence suggests that 60% of people have never switched suppliers. It’ll be easy to switch and you can either:

    Do it on-line at www.mynottingham.gov.uk/switch
    Do it on by phone by calling free (from a landline) on 0800 310 2333.
    Or by attending one of our switching events, for example – Meadows Library, Wednesday March 13, 2pm – 6pm

And, if you prefer, you can also get a trained person to visit you at home, equipped with a laptop, to personally provide advice and switch. To make an appointment, residents should call 0300 688 0808

Energy champions

Thanks to Nottingham Post who highlighted Nottingham Energy Partnership’s Energy Champions campaign which is starting in the Meadows.

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Nottingham Trent University Broadcast Journalism students have now taken an interest and I’ve been to their new / newish building this morning to be interviewed.

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