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A SCHEME which it is hoped will protect 15,000 West Sussex households from rising energy prices has been backed by the county council.

The Green Deal means homeowners and businesses can borrow cash from the government to pay for improvements such as cavity wall and loft insulation, solar panels and solar technologies.

The savings they make would then be used to repay the loan over as long as 25 years.

The government anticipates that households who take up the offer will pay £94 a year less than households who do not by 2020, ensuring people who sign up are financially better off.

West Sussex follows in the footsteps of Birmingham, Newcastle and Manchester.

County council deputy leader Lionel Barnard, responsible for Communities, Environment and Enterprise, said: ‘Once we convince homeowners, tenants, landlords and businesses their property can be made warmer and in the longer term their energy bills cheaper, the benefits for West Sussex will be spectacular.’