Energy debate will highlight non-existent Green Deal transition plan

In a debate in the House of Commons today the shadow Energy Minister will highlight the government’s “shocking” lack of regard for job losses in the insulation sector.

Luciana Berger MP said: “The most effective way people can save money on their heating bills is by insulating their homes, but this Government is so out of touch it’s making that harder to do. The Government must act now to support the insulation industry, before even more jobs are lost due to their incompetence.”

The CERT scheme, which had been subsidising householders to improve the energy efficiency of their homes using energy company funding, ended two weeks ago.

Despite the industry highlighting this issue at every opportunity, the gap between CERT ending and the Green Deal insulation and energy efficiency initiative starting is leading, an induustry spokesman said, to “massive job losses”.

In a letter to the Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, the Insulation Industry Forum (IIF) protested that plans to insulate 34,000 homes had been cancelled at the coldest time of the year because of lack of funding. A further 27,000 insulation orders have been put on hold.

It said 1,782 people had lost their jobs and 1,124 had been put on notice that they were at risk of redundancy.

John Sinfield, managing director of Knauf Insulation and the IIF’s spokesman, said: “The Government’s disastrous failure to plan any transition to Green Deal is directly leading to massive job losses in the industry.

“So far nearly 1,800 people have lost their jobs, over half of which have gone since Christmas. Firms around the country are going bankrupt and, without urgent government action, thousands more could go.”

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