According to a Westcountry MP, the Government’s flagship Green Deal scheme is being abused by rogue operators posing as official contractors, This is Cornwall reported.
Geoffrey Cox, Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon, has called for people to be vigilant when approached by companies offering assessments and home improvements under the energy efficiency project.
This follows a rise in the number of people contacting Mr Cox after paying money to firms without accreditation, who falsely claimed their clients would be able to reclaim the outlay.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which administers the scheme, said the issue of rogue companies making claims about the Green Deal is a national problem which they are working hard to address.
Mr Cox said: “I am extremely troubled by the current trend I am seeing whereby honest individuals are essentially being conned into parting with their money.
“They seem legitimate and money is being handed over in good faith as people want to make a difference to the environment.
“I am reassured that the Government is doing everything possible to try and stop these rogue companies from operating, and I would urge everyone who is considering getting work done to be extremely vigilant.”
The Green Deal aims to improve the energy efficiency of millions of homes by cutting energy bills and creating jobs in the renewables sector in the process.
It was launched by the Government in January with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of more than 14 million homes by 2020.