Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change, responding to new government statistics showing that only 1% of the 58,124 households who have had a Green Deal assessment have opted to take out a Green Deal plan, said:
“The Green Deal was billed as the biggest home improvements programme since the Second World War, but these figures show the scheme is still struggling to get off the ground.
“Just one Green Deal plan has gone live and only 132 people have signed on the dotted line for a package so far. The fact that over 99% of people who had a Green Deal assessment didn’t want to take out a package should be a wake-up call for the Government.
“It is not good enough for Ministers to shrug their shoulders and dismiss this as a slow start – not when thousands of workers in the insulation industry have lost their jobs.
“Labour has been warning for months that sky high interest rates, penalty payments and hidden charges would put people off. These figures show that the Government must sit up and listen and ensure the Green Deal is a good deal for the public.”<div>