Government launches Green Deal rescue scheme
The government has launched a new fund to help save its failing and much-criticised Green Deal scheme
Householders will be able to get their hands on upto £7,600 for installing green measures in the government’s latest attempt to boost take-up of its flagship energy efficiency scheme.
Under the new package homeowners will receive £1,000 for fitting a combination of two energy efficiency measures, a bonus £500 for fitting these within one year of moving to a new property, and £6,000 for installing solid-wall insulation.
To boost the numbers going ahead with installing energy efficiency measures, such as insulation, new boilers or double glazing, Green Deal assessments will be paid for those who choose to go-ahead with the scheme.
But the UK-GBC has warned that the ‘rescue attempt’ is not ‘problem solved’ for the troubled retrofit programme.
John Alker, director of policy and communications at the UK Green Building Council, said: ‘We welcome this package of measures which represents a genuine attempt to rescue the Green Deal and shows that government remains committed to home energy efficiency.
‘But this isn’t ‘problem solved’ for the Green Deal. The scheme’s initial cash-back went unspent so it’s important that history doesn’t repeat itself. While this new package will certainly help, government still needs to go further to make energy efficiency more attractive to consumers’
Just 188,234 Green Deal assessments have been carried out since the scheme launched more than a year ago, and less than 1,000 of these have actually had eco-measures installed.