Government's Green Deal leads to just 70 assessments in Bradford

6th August, 2013

Only eight Bradford households a week showed an interest in a much-hyped Government scheme to cut energy bills.

A total of 70 ‘Green Deal’ assessments – to decide whether to take out a loan to lag a loft, fill cavity walls, or replace an old boiler – took place in two months.

But the Government is unable to say whether any of those 70 households have actually signed up to the Green Deal. Only 306 families across England have joined the scheme.

Labour leapt on the statistics to say its predictions that the scheme would flop – because of sky-high interest rates and frightening bureaucracy – had been proved correct.

Luciana Berger, the party’s energy spokesman, said “more than 99 per cent” of people choosing an assessment were deciding not to go ahead with a Green Deal plan.

She said: “The Green Deal was billed as the biggest home improvements programme since the Second World War, but the scheme is still struggling to get off the ground.

“It is not good enough for ministers to shrug their shoulders and dismiss this as a slow start – not when thousands of workers in the insulation industry have lost their jobs.”

The scheme started in January, with the aim of attracting 10,000 households to sign up to energy-efficiency packages by the end of this year – and 14m by 2020.

Greg Barker, the Energy Minister, insisted the number of Green Deals would quickly accelerate, because “another 50-plus companies” were now ready to offer finance.

Many of the challenges to retrofitting energy efficiency measures within the Yorkshire region will be address at the Retrofit Roadshow in Sheffield on 12 November 2013 – for more details visit www.retrofit-roadshow.co.uk 

Source: http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

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