Green Deal To Be Scraped If Labour Government Get In!
A Labour government would scrap the Green Deal and its sister scheme the Energy Companies Obligation and replace it with alternative ‘Energy Save’ scheme.
Labour sources confirmed that the party would launch a consultation on replacements for the government’s flagship retrofit programmes in the coming weeks.
A Labour Party source said: “The Green Deal is obviously not working so we will be consulting on what to replace it with. At the moment the Green Deal is not working and ECO [the Energy Companies Obligation aimed at vulnerable people] is not reaching the right people.”
However, the source stressed that Labour was not abandoning a commitment to retrofit and wanted to devise a new scheme, in consultation with industry, that would work better.
The source said the ECO was too bureaucratic for energy firms, while only 12 households had completed Green Deals to date.
The latest Green Deal figures showed just 12 Green Deals were ‘live’ at the end of August - meaning the retrofit measures were completed and the customer was now paying off the cost of the work through their energy bill.
A policy review published by Labour said the Green Deal was “woefully inadequate” and the party would replace the scheme.
It said: “The Green Deal is failing to deliver. Since its launch, only 384 deals have been signed up to and just twelve have gone live. This is inadequate so we will overhaul the Green Deal and replace it with a new Energy Save scheme to help reduce the energy we use.”
The policy move comes after shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint slammed the low take up of the Green Deal in her speech at the Labour party conference.
Flint said: “It was meant to be the biggest home improvement programme since World War Two.
“Maybe the scheme is too complicated for the average workman to comply with” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.