Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Hounslow Council officers save taxpayers £250,000
Three officers at Hounslow Council responsible for climate change and energy management have saved tax payers approximately £250,000 for 2009.
The officers, focussing on the development of a range of projects affecting the borough including climate change, sustainability and biodiversity, have saved the money through improving energy procurement practices, identifying sites out-of-contract, changing corporate contracts and updating outdated heating and lighting equipment
Further year on year savings are expected in the coming years.
£250,000 has also been saved per year at the council’s Civic Centre through improving equipment efficiency and upgrading fixtures and fittings.
The council has also been able to avoid financial penalties by ensuring compliance with the EPBD directive (Display Energy Certificates) and CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.
Councillor Corinna Smart, Hounslow’s lead member for the environment said: "What is clear is that the roles that touch on climate change at the Council not only provide environmental benefits to the borough, but also significant financial benefits in terms of the savings we make."