A new panel to help poor and vulnerable individuals benefit from cheap energy has met for the first time.
The Green Deal Hard to Reach Households Panel is chaired by MP for South Thanet Laura Sandys and includes representatives from organisations such as Citizen's Advice, Age UK and Which?.
It will offer recommendations to ministers about how its flagship Green Deal scheme can assist those who may otherwise miss out on savings.
The group will identify barriers to the widespread take-up of the scheme - which seeks to reduce carbon emissions and cut bills - and consider the most effective ways of removing these hurdles.
Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: "I want to ensure everyone is able to reap the benefits that the Green Deal has to offer. This means getting the message out right across the country, including to the most vulnerable households."
Meanwhile, energy secretary Ed Davey has been visiting the north-east to help spread awareness of the Green Deal, where he attended an Energy Awareness Day in Newcastle.
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