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New schemes worth £50m to create 700 Plymouth jobs

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Image caption Both projects should see the creation of around 700 jobs in Plymouth, the city council has said

Hundreds of jobs could be created in Plymouth after a £50m investment in energy efficiency.

Plymouth City Council has agreed a £20m deal with British Gas for private homeowners and landlords to apply for energy efficiency grants.

And Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) has agreed a £30m contract to work with the company to insulate 10,000 homes.

It is hoped both projects will boost the regional economy and lead to a boost in employment.

The eight-year PCH contract will see the work completed in phases and covers 70% of its housing stock.

The work has been made possible as part of the government's obligation on all energy companies to help residents of low income communities reduce heating bills through reducing carbon emissions.

Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: "Fifty million pounds of energy company money to help Plymouth residents is really fantastic news.

"Not only are these deals going to help people who are struggling with their energy bills, the projects are also creating hundreds of jobs."

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