Watchdog probes Green Deal ‘fraud’

May 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The Green Deal, a flagship Government loan scheme to improve the efficiency of the UK’s housing stock, was launched in January.

In Wales, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s trading standards team is investigating a company operating a door-to-door cold-calling business and charging £299 for what it claims are Green Deal assessments.

The business’s salesmen claim householders are entitled to £10,000 of funding for home improvements and that the improvements will be free. They then request a £299 “admin fee”.

Caerphilly trading standards has received more than 17 complaints from local residents who are concerned at lack of follow through on the assessments. Some of them have paid the fees.

West Yorkshire trading standards has also had a string of complaints. A spokesman said: “We have had dozens of complaints from the public surrounding door-stepping by people using the names of bogus Government grants to sell services at exaggerated prices.”

Energy Minister Greg Barker said yesterday: “I want to be completely clear, cowboys will not be tolerated in any part of the Green Deal.

“We are taking these accusations very seriously and the relevant authorities are seeking urgent explanations from the company for the customer complaints.”

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