Barker nips Green Deal doorstep selling in the bud

Illegal doorstep selling of the Green Deal is “unacceptable” and anyone who attempts to do so will be cut out of the scheme, according to Climate Change Minister Greg Barker. […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Illegal doorstep selling of the Green Deal is “unacceptable” and anyone who attempts to do so will be cut out of the scheme, according to Climate Change Minister Greg Barker.

The minister was prompted to make the pledge about consumer protection in the Government’s energy efficiency scheme by Barry Gardiner, Labour MP and member of the Energy Select Committee.

Mr Gardiner asked in a written question on Friday if DECC “will put in place measures to ensure that Green Deal loans cannot be sold on the doorstep”.

The Climate Change Minister replied in a statement: “We agree that illegal door step selling of the Green Deal should be prevented. Existing legislation sets out what is and is not acceptable, to protect consumers.

“We will ensure the code of practice for all Green Deal providers, assessors and installers recognises the existing legislation and allows for any participant found to be in breach to be prevented from operating under the Green Deal.”

The concern follows recent changes by the UK’s ‘Big Six’ energy firms curtailing cold calls on the doorstep.