Many column inches have been devoted to the merits or otherwise of the Green Deal.
For the most part, there is a pervasive sense of disappointment from most quarters and we have run them before. After all the promises we have been left with a government scheme that looks like a lost cause. The overly bureaucratic structure has led many to distraction and to look elsewhere to provide greater energy efficiency for end users without having to jump through so many hoops.
Then there is the sheer frustration of the trade association, other bodies and people in the trade, who spent much in terms of time and resources to supply the services and products.
But as our news item points out, £120 million was spent in June this year, only for the fund to run out of money in a month and for it to close without any warning. Heads should have rolled, including Ed Davey, Secretary of State, who announced this most recent £100 million – one hopes the term can still be used when talking about a farce like this.
The government is far from proving Prime Minister David Cameron’s boast that it would be “the greenest ever”. He said this back in 2010 when he went to introduce himself and others to civil servants in the Department for Energy and Climate Change. “There is a fourth minister in this department who cares passionately about this agenda and that is me, the prime minister, right. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.”
As many a cynical civil service mandarin probably sighed under his breath at hearing those words: “Yes, Prime Minister.”
Caption When will we have a nation of ‘green homes’? Not for many years with under funding like that provided this year for the Green Deal.