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Labour pledges to scrap Green Deal

The Labour party would abolish the Green Deal if it got into power, a source has confirmed to the AJ’s sister title Construction News

The party will launch a consultation on replacements for the government’s flagship energy efficiency programme in the next few weeks.

Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint was scathing about the small number of Green Deals completed in her speech to the Labour conference yesterday (24 September).

She said: ‘It was meant to be the biggest home improvement programme since World War Two. Ministers said they’d be having sleepless nights if 10,000 people hadn’t signed up by this Christmas. They’ve spent £16 million promoting this scheme so far. But just 12 households have had any work done. £16 million for 12 homes. Only nine thousand nine hundred and eighty eight to go. They won’t be getting much shut eye this year.’

The scheme has come under fire for poor levels of takeup to-date, with the first scheme completed in July, six months after its launch.

A Labour Party source said: ‘It 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.’

The take up of the Green Deal has been slow: the first property in the scheme was completed in July – seven months after the programme launched – and 11 more were finished in August. A total of 372 more Green Deal projects were underway by August, according to figures from the department for energy and climate change.

Residential landlords have also become disillusioned with the scheme. A poll of members of the National Landlords Association found two thirds wanted to take part in the scheme at the start of 2011 but that fell to 37 per cent by the second quarter of 2013.

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