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Sinn Féin welcomes Green New Deal proposals

13 October, 2011 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin Energy Spokesperson Phil Flanagan (Fermanagh & South Tyrone) has welcomed news that the Green New Deal group is to submit its final proposals to the Executive tomorrow (Friday) for approval. Mr Flanagan was speaking after representatives from the group appeared before the Assembly’s Enterprise Committee this morning.

Mr Flanagan said:

“These proposals from Green New Deal have been in the pipeline for quite some time and £12 million has been allocated by the Executive over this four year budgetary period to bring them forward and the final proposals are to be submitted to the Executive tomorrow (Friday).

“I welcome this progress given the proactive nature of the Green New Deal scheme and the many benefits that will be  felt right across the community.

“It is estimated that the average consumer will save £350 on their annual energy and up to 1100 jobs can be sustained by the scheme; this is in addition to the fact that fuel poverty can be alleviated or prevented in some 25,000 homes.

“With global energy prices continuing to rise, it is important that the  Assembly plays its full part in tackling fuel poverty and the cheapest way to do that is to enable people to use less energy through efficiency measures.

“I would urge those responsible implementing this project to pay particular notice to those living in rural areas, who are often the last to benefit from these these initiatives.

“It is important that local councils use the new powers they have been given to promote energy efficiency in domestic housing and that they work to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from this scheme.”CRÍOCH/ENDS

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