Environmental campaigner condemns green deal
The co-chair of the Labour Party’s environment campaign has blasted the government’s green deal, which launches today.
Leonie Cooper, co-chair of SERA and a councillor in Wandsworth, said nobody ‘in their right mind’ will sign up to the flagship energy efficiency scheme because it won’t reduce their bills.
Under the green deal households will get improvements to the energy efficiency of their home made without having to pay up front.
The costs will be met by a green deal provider, which will recoup its investment, with interest, through repayments linked to fuel bill savings.
The green deal ‘golden rule’ is that repayments must not exceed fuel bill savings.
Speaking at a fringe session at the Labour Party conference co-hosted by the Labour Housing Group yesterday, Ms Cooper said the green deal will do little to improve the lives of people living in fuel poverty.
She said households are facing ‘spiralling’ energy bills that are causing poor people huge problems.
‘The green deal will - if anybody actually takes it up - reduce households’ energy bills but it will then add back in the amount that the green deal measures cost,’ she said. ‘So there will be absolutely no saving at all to the household in question - this is not just for a couple of years but for ages and ages and ages.
‘Why is anybody in their right minds going to take out any kind of green deal in their property?’
Ms Cooper said that she thought most people would not have any improvement work done as a result of the green deal.
Dave Timms, UK climate and energy campaigner with Friends of the Earth, said that he agreed with many of Ms Cooper’s sentiments about the green deal.