Neil Schofield: is this 'new' money or are we merely recycling previous 'announcements'?

Thumbs up for green agenda

Published:  28 April, 2009

WORCESTER: Neil Schofield, head of sustainable development at Worcester, Bosch Group, said his company welcomed the news of a green agenda in the April 2009 Budget.

"There is seemingly increased support for renewable technologies taking centre stage," he added.

"The plans to invest in small-scale renewable electricity and particularly heat technologies; the £435m extra support for energy-saving measures for homes and public buildings and the extra money to encourage local authorities to build energy-efficient homes are all most welcome.

"My first question for the chancellor would be: is this 'new' money or are we merely recycling previous announcements? "Will this money get through the labyrinthine systems of distribution that the Government so often uses? The Micro-generation Certification Scheme is a good example of money being tied up in red tape and never making it through to either installer or homeowner.

"I hope this will not be a Budget designed merely to capture tomorrow's headlines. We need real investment to encourage installers to become green installers and homeowners to take the lead in making their own homes more energy efficient." 

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