In April the Telegraph reported that a group of ministers led by George Osborne, the Chancellor, includes Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, Grant Shapps, the housing minister and Chris Grayling, the employment minister, want the Government to abandon the Green Deal.
In June its political correspondent wrote that major energy companies had halted work on the Green Deal project.
In November, ten weeks before the project goes ‘live’, the Telegraph’s headline quotes the shadow climate change minister as saying the Green Deal is ‘in tatters’.
However, Midland Business News reports that Britain’s leading Green Deal Advisor company, Brierley Hill-based Green Deal Consulting, has teamed up with two other organisations to spearhead the Government’s huge household energy savings scheme being launched nationwide in the New Year.
To meet demand, the company says it has set up a new training centre in Brierley Hill, providing top-up training for current green deal advisors and four trainee administrators are being taken on for the training centre, under the Government’s apprenticeship scheme. Other staff will be recruited as the organisation expands.
The organisation has signed deals with training organisation PPL, Green Deal Consortia, an association of small businesses, green deal providers, utility companies, other funders and investors, in order to deliver the UK’s Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation.
Green Deal Consulting is ready to handle over 1000 energy performance and Green Deal assessments a week and control over 150 specially trained advisors. Managing director, Andy Wynter, said the three-way deal demonstrates commitment to the Government’s scheme, which will mean householders taking advantage of energy-saving work, with no upfront payments. Costs, which cover a range of work, including insulation and central heating boilers, will be recovered through savings on energy bills.
As one installer put it to the Telegraph concisely: “Just to make a couple of things clear… if a homeowner takes out a Green Deal measure/s which qualify for funding, they pay nothing. Their bill goes down. They get cash back”.
Endnote: Green Deal’s operations director, David Reason says: “This is one of the most ambitious schemes ever undertaken to help householders save energy and running costs. When it is launched in the New Year it will not only result in lowering the country’s energy costs, but create hundreds and possibly thousands of new jobs.”