PTS managing director Alan Ball was on BBC TV today, promoting the Boiler Scrappage Scheme petition set up by fellow plumbers merchant Mick Williams.
The Boiler Scrappage Scheme campaign, supported by builders and plumbers merchants also now has its own campaigning website, www.reheatbritain.org.uk.
“From the government view this is a win win situation,” said Ball, interviewed for BBC Two’s Working Lunch about the scheme, which proposes that government and the heating industry work together to offer a cash-back incentive to replace older, inefficient boilers with high efficiency models.
“They’d be helping the industry in terms of employment, but the bigger picture has to be the efficiency and carbon reductions they are going to see. It’s a target that has to be achieved. There are still 80% inefficient boilers in the UK and unless we start to incentivise people in the current economic climate they are more likely to repair than replace. It’s a win win for the government to assist this scheme in the same way that they have done for the car industry.”
The campaign website now features comments and messages from industry supporters ranging from buildersmerchantsjournal.net editor Fiona Russell Horne to campaigners for CleanAirLondon and Charlie Mullins, managing director of posh-people’s plumber Pimlico Plumbers.
Campaign manager Sian Berry, former Green Party candidate for Mayor of London, is currently talking to MPs to garner cross-party support.