Glenrothes and Central Fife MP Peter Grant is supporting the campaign on Green Deal Mis-selling and has recently joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) tasked to investigate this issue. The APPG had its inaugural meeting on Wednesday 17th July before MPs broke off for summer recess.
The purpose of the APPG is: “To gather evidence from constituents who have been mis-sold home improvements such as solar panels or insulation from rogue traders operating under the Green Deal. The group aims to find solutions for affected constituents and to prevent similar problems occurring under the new Green Deal.”
When it was launched by the Government in 2013, the Green Deal was hailed as the 'biggest home improvement programme since the Second World War'. It promised homeowners solar panels, insulation and new boilers, with no up-front cost.
Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Ltd (HELMS) – who have since folded - was the company instructed to deliver this scheme on behalf of the UK Government. But many claim they were given false information by HELMS, and that they were signed up to a 25-year finance contract without their knowledge.
It was agreed between MPs that a concrete action plan was needing so that they could tackle the issue after recess. It is believe that the response so far from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has been disappointing, so they’re hoping to see more action being taken this autumn.
Commenting, Peter Grant MP said:
“I have a number of constituents who have fallen victim to this terrible mis-selling, and my office is currently trying to help them in any way possible. But I want to make other people know that MPs – across the political spectrum – are trying to work together to get the UK Government to take credible and meaningful action that will help everyone who has been affected.
If anyone throughout Glenrothes and Central Fife has experience this mis-selling, or knows of someone who has, please get in touch with my office.”