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Huhne criticises government's handling of the Green Deal

The government's Green Deal is being undermined by the Treasury, claims disgraced former energy secretary Chris Huhne.

Speaking to Responding to Climate Change, the 59-year-old said the government isn't doing enough to promote the programme because of "ideological issues" within the Tory party.

Mr Humne, who was recently released from jail having served two months of an eight-month sentence for perverting the course of justice, launched the Green Deal proposals during 2011, but was not involved in the scheme's launch earlier this year for obvious reasons.

"Here is a classic green measure that can do a lot of energy-saving and increase living standards, and help jobs everywhere in the country. The government ought to be driving that more than it is," he said.

Recent statistics from the government stated that 43 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK come from wasted energy leaking from buildings.

It is estimated that 14 million homes need to be better insulated, but figures show that the Green Deal has only attracted 245 signatures so far.

Posted by Helen Hughes