Only four people sign up for flagship Green Deal

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Only four people have so far signed up to a flagship government scheme to make homes more energy-efficient.

The Green Deal, which was launched six months ago, was designed to provide measures such as home insulation.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said just four households have "pending" green deal plans.

However, DECC said that with more finance providers in place, it expected a steady rise in numbers.

In total it said there had been 38,259 Green Deal assessments, where customers are given initial advice about what energy improvements they might be eligible for.

Of those, 241 households have confirmed they would like to proceed with work.

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It will take time as this brand-new market finds its legs.”

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A spokesman for DECC told the BBC that "some" of the four people who have signed up to the Green Deal will have had building work completed, but he was not able to be more precise.

"A slow start should have been expected for the Green Deal, but it has clearly not fired consumers' imaginations," said Mike O'Connor of the watchdog Consumer Futures.


The government said there had been a delay in getting finance providers approved, with only five lenders signed up so far.

"The very first wave of Green Deal finance providers have only just got their individual finance terms and conditions in place," said Greg Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change.

But he said he expected 50 loan providers to be approved by the end of the year.

"It will take time as this brand-new market finds its legs, but I now expect the number of plans signed to start steadily rising," he said.

But Labour said the figures were proof that the scheme was not working.

"The Green Deal was billed as the biggest home improvements programme since World War 2, but these figures show it is failing," said Luciana Berger, shadow minister for energy and climate change.

"Households need help with their energy bills now - not in 10 years' time," she added.

Under the Green Deal, householders take out loans to finance improvements such as double-glazing, or more efficient boilers.

The idea is that the energy savings they make should more than compensate for the repayments.

The loan remains with the property, not the individual.


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    Comment number 26.

    I thought it sounded like a good idea and paid £99.00 for a survey. Everything has since stalled and the scheme clearly isn't ready. I feel that I have wasted nearly £100.00

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    Comment number 25.

    This whole scheme relies on people wanting to take out loans for overpriced energy saving in their homes,for a 3 bed house double glazing about £2300,electric panels on roof £7000,cavity wall insulation £600,loft insulation £250,just try to get those prices from the companies taking part in the scheme,so you are better off haggling a price with your own installers.

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    Comment number 24.

    This all seems like a big rip-off to me. Fast forward a few years and we'll have "Green Deal was mis-sold" compensation ads all over TV"

    It won't be long until we have adverts asking if you think you've been let down by a 'mis-selling' compensation company.

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    Comment number 23.

    I have approached several firms who are advertising green deal, but when you actually ask about the green deal don't do it and try to force you into finance deals, another pie in the sky from a washed out government who no one voted for in the first place, we should follow Australia and have a vote of confidence.

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    Comment number 22.

    The last line says it all "the loan remains with the property not with the individual".

    This makes your house unsaleable or, alternatively, a buyer will only proceed to buy if the seller pays it off from the proceeds of sale thus denting the seller's deposit on the house they are purchasing. Aren't the government trying to get the housing market moving too?

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    Comment number 21.

    I had a "Green Deal" assessment. Complete waste of time! The guy spent about 30 minutes going round the house, asked a few questions and left.

    A couple of week later I got a report saying little I didn't know with "recommendations" showing how by spending £10,000s I could save a few pounds a year - or tie myself up for years with some "Provider".

    I'm not surprised nothing has gone ahead!

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    Comment number 20.

    Green Deal HAhahahahahaha!

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    Comment number 19.

    I wonder if this will make selling and renting homes harder in the future, as a quick look at the rules on suggests that if a property has a Green Deal in place when you buy it or rent it, you have to take over the repayments, whether you want to or not.

    This all seems like a big rip-off to me. Fast forward a few years and we'll have "Green Deal was mis-sold" compensation ads all over TV.

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    Comment number 18.

    You might be interested to know that despite not being connected with Green Deal in any way, the energy companies are being forced to pick up the tab for billing, collecting and passing the money on. None of them want to do it as it's nothing to do with them, but they have no choice in it.

    Guess who ends up paying for it?

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    Comment number 17.

    @5 How wonderfully tribal of you after the fantastic way Labour ran the economy. Not to mention the Green Iraq initiative it certainly cut their carbon footprint.

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    Comment number 16.

    Over 300,000 buildings are listed in the UK. Many of these have original features, such as windows, which are highly inefficient. But conservation officers would rather a bit of wobbly glass is preserved rather than heat or efficiency. Fixing such archaic rules would be an instant win, unlike the above.

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    Comment number 15.

    No doubt it is beyond the wit of the government to legislate that new builds should be energy efficient. People struggling with huge mortgages because of house prices, cant afford an additional loan.

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    Comment number 14.

    Could it be that nobody except bankers has any money left to take up the green deal scheme?
    Yet another failed Tory policy, the list is endless.
    Plan B, start pumping toxic carcinogen chemicals mixed with valuable water supplies into the ground to extract gas.

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    Comment number 13.

    Calling it the 'Green' Deal was daft. Everything green is expensive and the very word turns people off.
    The 'Energy' Deal would have been better, because people care about saving money more than the environment. It was packaged badly.
    In principle the deal isnt bad, but it should simply concentrate on thermal insulation technology. Who would finance a boiler with a 10 year life over 25 years?

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    Comment number 12.

    Complete waste of taxpayer funds.

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    Comment number 11.

    Another barmy scheme from those barmy wackos at DECC. According to Prof Dieter Helm there are eleven organisations regulating a similar number of schemes. These 'green' schemes directly affect the poorest consumers the most by adding to fuel prices and, indirectly, by causing export of jobs from energy using industries. Regulatory capture of DECC has been achieved by the green lobby. Scandal.

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    Comment number 10.

    The delay in finance companies getting organised is presumably down to them perfecting their strategies on how much they can screw out of their customers. Borrowers beware!!

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    Comment number 9.

    The only people who can afford to participate in the Green Deal are the ones who don't need to. There is a non-refundable "assessment fee" of £100 to apply, which means most poor people won't bother, even though they may be most likely to benefit.

    I get that the government needs to be seen to be doing something, anything, about the environment, but this? Really? Just seems like a big scam to me.

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    Comment number 8.

    A loaf of bread has doubled in price over the past year, and basic living has risen sharply over the time that this was started, Is anyone surprised that there are few takers, and those are the gullible or the ones who can afford it without a loan, Vote Conservative, cradle to grave debt merchants.

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    Comment number 7.

    All you get is a load of door knockers , trying to say it is something for nothing , which we all know it is not , and have not a clue as to what it is all about , only trying to fob you off with incorrect knowledge, typical of the present government ! !


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