I have written before about the previously lauded (by some) ‘green policies’ of successive governments. In fact, as far back as 2012 I was arguing that green policies and the folly of playground technologies such as wind and solar were driving up prices.
Of course, alongside the expensive renewables plans the then Coalition Government introduced the aptly-named Green Deal. The plan would enable householders to economise and cut their energy consumption – power would cost more but we would use less. Well, that was the plan.
The reality was that in its first six months 38, 259 Green Deal assessments were carried out on households. That led to four, yes four, Green Deals being taken out. Hardly surprising, considering the costs of loans.
Did the Government seriously think householders – many forced into fuel poverty – could afford to pay £10,000 for, say, home insulation, and pay the interest, and the capital, out of the savings they would make? That was on top of a £150 non-refundable Government assessment to determine whether work was suitable.
If they did, it was clearly a huge misjudgement. In fact, the deal cost jobs as some companies pulled out of the scheme entirely, shedding their workforces. More generally, there is plenty of evidence that green policies and renewables destroy more jobs than they create.
As the public became less and less interested in the deal (or no deal) a second Green Deal was launched – this time with grants rather than loans. Guess what? With a year (last month) the whole deal was off with Energy Secretary Amber Rudd calling time on it at last.
Sadly, for many people the Green Deal con rumbles on through. My press officer tells me that people who had signed up for the deal before the Government killed it, would not be eligible for the grant – despite having paid the £150 assessment fee. They also, of course, lost their £150.
So tough luck says the Government – I would say what a dog’s breakfast the whole scheme has been from day one.