Council welcomes Green Deal jobs

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Around 20 permanent jobs will be created in west Cornwall by British Gas as part of the first wave of recruitment for the Green Deal/ECO (Energy Company Obligation) programme.

The result of negotiations between the Council and British Gas to deliver the Green Deal/ECO in Cornwall, the vacancies range from customer advisors to development managers.

Through ECO, a £50 million fund has been set up to help vulnerable households and older homes where the condition of the property would make installing energy efficiency measures expensive. British Gas has also agreed to help access a further £50 million of Green Deal funding.

Both Green Deal and ECO are flagship Government energy efficiency programmes aimed at reducing the amount of energy our homes use and helping us to cut our fuel bills.

“It is fantastic to see British Gas investing in a base in Cornwall and bringing permanent jobs here,” said Councillor Julian German, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for economy and culture.

“This is the first wave of what we hope will be around 40 jobs based in Cornwall, with around another 100 being either created or supported in the Green Deal and ECO assessment and installation sectors. British Gas has also committed to ensure that 60% of the Green Deal installations will be undertaken by local small and medium sized companies, setting the foundations for further stimulus to the local economy.”

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