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‘Go Green’ Is £200m Government Flop

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Ben Jackson, The Sun

ONLY three people have signed up to the Government’s flagship Green Deal energy policy, The Sun can reveal.

In a huge embarrassment for ministers, just a handful of people had agreed by last month to pay off a green loan through their energy bills.

And one of those turns out to work for the Department of Energy.

Chancellor George Osborne has allocated £200million for the Green Deal scheme which encourages people to fit new boilers, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.

Industry sources say a total of 100 people have signed up to loans to be paid back over time.

But just THREE had agreed to pay the money back through their electricity bills as intended under the scheme. The other 97 are understood to be paying by monthly direct debits — although the BBC yesterday put the figures of householders signing up nearer to 200.

But a spokesman for one major electricity company said: “There haven’t really been any proper Green Deals signed up with a plan paid back through electricity bills.”

Labour’s shadow climate change minister, Luciana Berger, said: “This is a huge embarrassment for the Government. For months Labour has warned that sky-high interest rates, hidden charges and penalty payments would put people off.”

A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman said that there was always likely to be a delay between households having assessments and signing up to a loan.

The Sun, 9 June 2013