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London 'not interested' in Green Deal

Interest in the government's Green Deal finance initiative was lower in London than anywhere else in the country.

This is according to new official figures, which looked at how many assessments for the funding were carried out in different regions across the UK, Energy Live News reports.

The checks were used to analyse exactly what improvements could be made to a property and whether or not it would be eligible for support under the scheme.

Researchers found that the proportion of householders taking advantage of the assessments in the London and Westminster constituency was just 0.6 per 1,000, which represented just a fraction of the areas where the programme was more popular.

For example, in Nottingham South - the region with the highest takeup - this rate was 51 per 1,000.

However, London and Westminster wasn't the only location across the capital to experience a low turnout, with Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham, Westminster North, and Battersea and Wimbledon all at the bottom of the list.

It could be argued that the reason for this trend is down to the fact that there are a relatively small number of permanent residents in comparison with other parts of the UK, although it is still a damning indictment of a scheme that has since been branded as a "disappointing failure" by a committee of MPs.

Nevertheless, the government is still working to ensure householders are able to access financial support to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, with plans for the return of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) set to be revealed in full in November.

The GDHIF was originally introduced as an add-on to the Green Deal in the hope it would boost interest in the struggling initiative - and proved so popular that its funding ran out in just seven weeks, leaving many potential applicants disappointed.

Earlier this month, energy secretary Ed Davey revealed £100 million would be made available to reintroduce the programme in the near future.

Posted by Paul Taylor