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Green Deal Home Improvement Fund 'overlooks rural areas'

The industry has raised concerns following the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s announcement on 1 May regarding the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, which they claim overlooks rural areas.

It has been confirmed by DECC that only natural gas boilers requiring replacement will be included in the cash back scheme.

Scottish government energy minister, Fergus Ewing, said: “Rising energy prices are a major concern for this government and we remain committed to making homes more energy efficient and reducing carbon.

“On June 2, 2014 we will launch our new, more generous phase of our Green Homes Cashback scheme, which allows householders and businesses in both urban and rural areas to claim up to £7,300.

“We have listened to the concerns and issues of householders in rural areas and off-gas grid in accessing funding for energy efficiency measures, which is why in line with our previous phase of the Green Homes Cashback scheme, when recommended on a Green Deal Assessment, we will continue to support householders with up to £500 towards a new condensing boiler which includes natural gas, oil and LPG.”

A spokesman for gas and equipment supplier Calor said: ‘‘Rural residents have been overlooked by every scheme DECC has introduced to supposedly help people make their households more energy efficient.

“Off gas grid householders in the countryside are being denied the same opportunities available to urban dwellers.”

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