Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister, commenting on statistics showing that just 626 households have had energy efficiency measures installed under a Green Deal plan in the scheme’s first year, said:
“David Cameron’s failure to stand up to the energy companies means that people are still desperate for help to get their gas and electricity bills under control. We know that improved energy efficiency is one of the best ways to do this, but as these statistics demonstrate, the Government’s flagship energy efficiency programme has completely failed with 99 per cent of people who had a green deal assessment refusing to take out a plan. Greg Barker, the climate-change minister, said himself that he expected 10,000 deals completed by the end of the first year, so he must be asking himself why it has gone so badly wrong.
“What the public really needs is a Labour government implementing a price freeze until 2017, saving households an average of £120, and resetting the energy market so that it works for the long term.”