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 44.

    We have tried repeatedly to find a company in the North West who would do an assessment on our home and have met with a complete lack of response. We even contacted our local council who are supposed to have govenment funding to carry our these inspections but never received the promised call to arrange a time and date. It's a total waste of time and other responses show the deals as overpriced.

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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 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 3.

    Hardly surprising. When I went to an exhibition about eco-build, there was a presentation about the green-deal. When the actual conditons and interest rates were mentioned almost everybody laughed and walked out. Five people out of about sixty attendees were left, including me - it didn't get better.


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