Fifth of MPs don’t understand the green deal
More than a fifth of MPs are not familiar with the government’s flagship scheme to improve home energy efficiency, a poll has found.
Research conducted by political information firm Dods for the Green Deal Dialogue Group found 21 per cent of the 100 MPs surveyed said they did not understand the concept behind the green deal.
Only 30 per cent said they understood the funding structure of the initiative, and 35 per cent said they did not know how it would be paid for.
Under the green deal, which is due to launch in the autumn, households will be able to get work done to improve the energy efficiency of their home without paying up front.
They will then pay back the cost of the work plus interest over a term of around 25 years, using fuel bills savings that result from the work. Under the green deal ‘golden rule’ repayments must be lower than fuel bill savings.
The poll found many MPs were unclear about the mechanics of the scheme, and only 49 per cent intend to promote it when it launches.
The Green Deal Dialogue Group consists of Velux, Land Securities and the Glass and Glazing Federation. It is working to raise issues that concern its members with the government.
Keith Riddle, managing director of Velux, said the green deal is ‘floundering’.
He said: ‘A shamefully poor understanding of the green deal means that many [MPs] will not be promoting its far reaching benefits to their constituents when it launches in less than six months, meaning that take up is unlikely to be sustained beyond the early cash incentives that will be available to homeowners and businesses.’
It recently emerged that Cabinet Office officials have been briefing the prime minister and deputy prime minister about the green deal. A government spokesperson said this was standard practice and not an indication that there were concerns about the scheme.