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Federation of Master Builders says ministers must make people aware of scheme
BUILDING bosses have warned a Government energy scheme will fail unless it makes a concerted effort to increase consumer demand.
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) says the Government must make people more aware of energy efficiency to lift its Green Deal scheme.
The FMB carried out a survey revealed more than 70 per cent of members believe a reduced rate of VAT would encourage customers to commission energy efficiency work.
The Green Deal programme helps businesses and homeowners install new technology without up front costs, which are instead paid back through energy bills.
Brian Berry, FMB chief executive, said: “It’s time for the Government to accept the Green Deal has not been a success.
“We have worked hard to promote it to small construction firms, but until our members see a clear demand for Green Deal work and a more straightforward route to the market, they will not engage with the scheme.”
“A reduction in VAT would reduce the overall cost of the work and make Green Deal finance more attractive to home owners.
“However, above all else, the Government needs to seize the opportunity on how it will light the touch paper to the scheme.”
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