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Slow progress as first household finally completes Green Deal

Only one household has completed the Green Deal process, more than six months after the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme launched

Since June, 286 households have taken their assessment forward and are waiting to have their energy-saving measures installed.

However just one has gone ‘live’ - meaning only a single homeowner has been successful in having their loan approved, setting up a Green Deal plan, and actually fitting the recommended energy-saving measures.

Despite the shockingly low number of people following through with the scheme, the numbers signing up for Green Deal assessments continues to rise.

The total number of households who have undertaken Green Deal assessments has now reached more than 58,000. But the number of assessments undertaken during July remained similar to the previous month.

The figures released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change have sparked further criticism of the scheme.

David Symons, director at WSP said: ‘There are 25 million homes in the UK. If Green Deal assessment rates continue at the same rate as the past three months, it will take 160 years before every home in the UK is surveyed. We all want the Green Deal to be a success so government needs to think hard about how to up the assessment rate by a factor of ten.’

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