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Green Deal 'a shambles' after no households sign up

Not a single household has applied for thermal insulation through the government's flagship Green Deal initiative.

The scheme - which was launched at the beginning of October - is offering financial assistance to families who lack energy-efficient measures in their properties and goes live in ten weeks.

However, zero homeowners have signed up to the programme, which has consequently been labelled as "in tatters" by Labour's shadow climate change minister Luciana Berger.

The MP stated the Green Deal had the potential to generate thousands of employment opportunities and reduce energy bills, but ministers have done nothing to promote it.

She added: "This shambles will have real consequences for businesses across the country. The Insulation Industry Forum is predicting that 16,000 jobs will be lost this year because of a lack of demand for the Green Deal."

To encourage more individuals to apply for the help, the Department for Energy and Climate Change has launched a £125 million cashback pot, which could provide homeowners with up to £1,000 towards energy-saving improvements such as loft and cavity wall insulation.

Posted by Paul Taylor