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The Government's flagship energy efficiency programme, the Green Deal has got off to a steady start with 36 plans now signed and in progress. DECC's figures show there were 306 Green Deal Plans in the system for individual properties at the end of June, compared to 100 at the end of May. Of these, 270 were 'new' Green Deal Plans and 36 were 'pending'.

The statistics also showed that 44,479 Green Deal Assessments were lodged up to the end of June, up from 30,962 at end of May, with 13,517 in June alone, compared to 12,146 in May. In addition, £145m worth of contracts had been let through ECO brokerage, compared to £120m at the end of May.

Greg Barker said: "We must remember that the Green Deal is an ambitious long-term programme that's only just getting started. More finance providers are becoming active in the market though this will take time. "I expect the number of plans to start increasing and nearly 45,000 assessments in just over six months really underlines that people are aspiring to make their homes more energy efficient ahead of autumn and winter."

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