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Green Deal boost is “timely but temporary solution”, says UK-GBC

The UK Green Building Council has welcomed Government plans to boost the Green Deal with a further £100 million of incentives, but warned that it is only a “temporary solution” to encouraging home energy efficiency.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey will announce that the Government will offer an extra £100m as an extension of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, which closed suddenly in July following a surge in applications, at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow this afternoon.

John Alker, Director of Policy and Communications at the UK Green Building Council, said: “As temperatures start to drop and households turn up their heating, this additional funding is a timely - but ultimately temporary – solution to encouraging energy efficiency.

 “There’s no doubt that the Lib Dems understand the importance of home retrofit, and Ed Davey should be applauded for securing the cash from Treasury. But we need to move beyond stop-start incentives which damage business confidence.

 “This funding could see us through to the General Election, but what happens after that? All parties must recognise that home energy efficiency is an infrastructure priority, with public investment needed to support the most vulnerable and to create the confidence for the private sector to scale up investment over the long term.”

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