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Local council receives £4.8m boost to battle fuel poverty

A Shropshire council has taken full advantage of the government's Green Deal to secure nearly £5 million to help improve the energy efficiency of local residents' homes.

The £4.8 million sum will be used to subsidise or fully pay for the installation of measures like cavity wall insulation and new boilers for properties that fall under the stewardship of Telford and Wrekin Council.

Around 1,000 homes are expected to benefit as a result and it's hoped the move will go some way towards alleviating the struggle felt by those battling with fuel poverty in the region.

Cabinet member for housing development councillor Charles Smith said: "Local home owners will be able to benefit from the scheme and we hope that as many as possible will take advantage of this funding."

Access to the grant will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis - with landlords also able to apply for a share of the cash.

Posted by Helen Hughes