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Praise for Warm up North from Secretary of State

24 May 2012

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey MP has praised a ground-breaking scheme designed to save money, save energy, help the environment and create hundreds of jobs in the North East

Speaking on a visit to the region today (Thursday) the Secretary of State praised Warm Up North, a scheme supported by the Association of North East Councils, which sees councils in Newcastle, Darlington, Durham, Northumberland and South Tyneside improve the energy efficiency of homes and offices across the areas they cover.

Warm Up North is collective local authority response to the Government's Green Deal, where private and public sector organisations offer energy efficiency measures to local people and businesses - for example insulation - which are then paid for through future energy bills.

The Secretary of State said: "Energy efficiency is a no brainer which is why the Government will soon be launching its Green Deal. The Green Deal will let householders pay for home improvements like insulation through savings on their energy bills, reducing the amount of gas and electricity and keeping heating bills down.

"I'm delighted to see that through the Warm Up North partnership ocal authorities in the North East - Newcastle, Darlington, Durham, Northumberland, and South Tyneside - are already working together to keep people warm, cut energy bills, create hundreds of local jobs and reduce carbon emissions. It is also a great chance for the private sector to access new commercial opportunities led by Newcastle City Council."

Warm Up North is now calling for businesses to come forward to help deliver the scheme which is due to begin in June 2013, with the first priority being to improve energy efficiency of between 10 and 15,000 homes across the North East. Warm up North will create hundreds of high quality jobs and training opportunities.

The Secretary of State will attend a working lunch with representatives of all the local councils involved in Warm up North.

To find out more about Warm up North go to http://www.warmupnorth.co.uk/

For further information please contact Bethan Airey on 0191 261 3917 or 07957 823 864 (mobile); email mailto:bethan.airey@northeastcouncils.gov.uk