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Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Climate Change, responding to Government statistics showing that out of 38,259 households who have had a Green Deal assessment only 245 have opted to take out a Green Deal plan, said: 

“The Green Deal was billed as the biggest home improvements programme since World War 2, but these figures show it is failing and that David Cameron has no answers on how to help families with soaring energy bills. 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. Under this incompetent government, thousands of workers in the insulation industry have lost their jobs. Households need help with their energy bills now – not in ten years’ time.

“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.”

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