Nest - Welsh Government report highlights business benefits
Date published: 28/07/2017
The Welsh Government Warm Homes Nest Scheme helps to reduce the number of households in Wales who are struggling to keep their homes warm and cope with high energy bills.
The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has highlighted the positive economic impact felt by households and businesses in Wales as a result of the Welsh Government's flagship fuel poverty scheme; Nest.
Nest is designed to help people who are finding it difficult to pay their energy bills.The scheme offers householders a range of free home improvements to help them heat their homes more efficiently and stay warm without facing huge energy bills.
The Nest programme takes a ‘whole house’ approach to determining what energy improvement work would be most suitable. This includes a referral for eligible householders for a package of free home energy efficiency measures, such as a new boiler, central heating system, loft or cavity wall insulation, or renewable technologies.
During 2016-17, the Welsh Government provided £19.5 million for Nest and a further £3.9 million has been levered in through the GB-wide Energy Company Obligation. The Nest Annual Report for 2016-17, which has recently been published, reveals that since 2011, almost 200 opportunities have been created by the programme, including jobs, apprenticeships and training. All installations have been carried out by Wales-based small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
Speaking about the success of the programme to date, Lesley Griffiths said:
"[This] report shows Nest continues to contribute impressively to job creation and growth in Wales. Since the scheme started in 2011, all installations have been carried out by Wales-based enterprises and over 190 opportunities have been created in the process.
"We should rightly be proud of Nest’s impact, both economically and environmentally. There is, though, no room for complacency. Tackling fuel poverty in Wales remains a significant challenge. That is why I am investing over £104 million in Welsh Government Warm Homes schemes over the next four years to improve a further 25,000 homes.
"I am confident Nest will continue its success in 2017-18. I look forward to seeing many more households who have been struggling to heat their homes benefit from the help the scheme provides."
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