Green Deal reaches major landmark

2nd December, 2013

The government has hailed a major landmark for its flagship Green Deal scheme, after take-up of the programme hit 1,000.

It was revealed by the Department for Energy and Climate Change that by the end of last month, some 1,173 households had committed to taking part, which was a major rise on the figure of 954 that was recorded in September.

However, the statistics do not match up to the expectations of the government, which stated in March that it aimed to sign up 10,000 households by the end of the year.

Commenting on the latest results for the Green Deal, energy and climate change minister Greg Barker pointed out that more than 100,000 Green Deal assessments have now taken place.

He also noted over 80 per cent of the households that have been assessed said afterwards they intend to install at least one energy saving measure as a result.

Heating oil users taking part in the programme can get finance to help with home improvements such as boiler replacements, insulation and double glazing.

But the government has still been criticised for not making a bigger success of the Green Deal, with Age UK among those claiming the scheme has not achieved what it was set out to do.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director for Age UK, told the BBC that it is "clearly failing". She added: "With one in five older people saying they would benefit from energy efficiency measures, despite more than two thirds saying they wouldn't consider taking up the scheme, the government has a big task ahead to insulate Britain against the relentless energy price hikes and cold weather."

Protests against energy suppliers are being coordinated by bodies including UK Uncut today (November 26th), with npower and British Gas among the companies to be targeted by the demonstration.

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the protests, which are centred on npower's offices in London, while further demonstrations are being held in Oxford, Bristol and Lewes.

Source: Boiler Juice

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