Green Deal reviewed amid warnings

The government’ Green Deal is set to be reviewed amid warnings that it is in danger of failing. Environmental law specialists and other industry experts have criticised how the scheme is being carried out, claiming that not enough is being done to safeguard the interests of those who cannot afford their bills. The Deal, which was designed to help reduce both carbon emissions and energy costs, works by people taking pay-as-you-save loans to improve insulation in their home, as well as the government providing subsidies to those unable to meet the charges (a programme known as ‘ECO’). Due to the level of basic insulation that is already in place throughout the UK, the government is most willing to give grants to people installing more expensive solid wall structures. Groups such as the Association for Conservation of Energy, however, say that spending £500 insulating the loft of a ‘fuel poor’ home should always be given priority over solid wall projects at wealthier properties, which tend to cost around £7,500. There is also a fear that the ECO subsidies could be given to households which do not need them the most, and that these will be paid for by the rising energy bills of low-income families. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.