The great green deal flop: it cost taxpayers thousands, says Hackney MP Hillier

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A GOVERNMENT energy-efficiency deal was a flop that cost householders thousands, says MP Meg Hillier.

Speaking as head of Parliament’s prestige public accounts committee, the Hackney South and Shoreditch member, said: “The Government rushed into the Green Deal…

“Not enough work went into establishing the scheme’s appeal to households, nor to its implementation, nor to examining the experience of governments setting up similar schemes overseas.

“This blinkered approach resulted in a truly dismal take-up for Green Deal loans and a cost to taxpayers of £17,000 for every loan arranged. Savings in carbon dioxide- were minimal.

“Accountability to government of the Green Deal Loan Company – which spent public money on the expectation that it would need to support 3.5 million loans, compared to the 14,000 taken up – was institutionally weak.

“The Government is also unable to measure adequately the success of the Energy Company Obligation.

“There is no doubt householders and taxpayers in general have been ill-served by these schemes and the Government must learn from its mistakes to ensure they are not repeated in this or indeed any other policy areas.”

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