Green Deal not winning any popularity contests with contractors
The Green Deal: the government’s jewel in their environmentally-friendly crown. It may lead to a cleaner, zero-carbon future, but it seems that the Green Deal isn’t the most popular thing amongst contractors.
A new survey undertaken by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has found that 44% of its members believe homeowners won’t take advantage of the Green Deal, which could lead to fewer jobs for contractors.
The FMB believe the financial incentives are not high enough for homeowners to take advantage of the Green Deal, and that the price of energy efficient repairs and products needs to gone down for the Green Deal to have maximum benefits.
The FMB’s Director of External Affairs, Brian Berry, said: “If the Government wants the Green Deal to be a success it should start by offering additional incentives. 70% of respondents to our survey believe that cutting VAT to 5% on all energy efficient materials and work would increase homeowner interest.”
The Green Deal is part of the government’s quest to become the “greenest government ever” and, starting next year, aims to make all new homes in the UK low carbon. The original plan was for zero carbon homes and to go that extra eco-mile, but this was scrapped by the government in last month’s Budget.
The FMB want to see VAT cut to 5% on all energy efficient materials and work to create more construction jobs. The Green Deal is expected to create thousands of new jobs across the country due to the sheer amount of homes needed to eco-friendly, but if this is approved by the government it would make this a certainty and help the construction industry.
The FMB also want small businesses to be given a chance to win work on Green Deal projects and not just the big energy companies that get a monopoly over all the contracts.
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Posted on May 4, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, electrician jobs, plumbing jobs, train4tradeskills and tagged Brian Berry, construction, construction jobs green deal, electrician jobs green deal, Federation of Master Builders, FMB, Government Green Deal, green deal, Low-carbon economy, plumbing jobs green deal, t4ts, train4tradeskills, Value added tax. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.