Green Deal and ECO reforms

The government has announced a series of measures designed to reduce consumers’ energy bills following the prime minister’s statement that he would ‘roll back green charges’ (or ‘get rid of all the green crap’ according to one newspaper) that form part of energy bills. Part of these measures include streamlining the Green Deal and some important changes to ECO.

On 24 October 2013 David Cameron surprised many, including his front-bench colleagues, when he announced in Prime Minister’s Questions that he would look to ‘roll back green charges’ in order to reduce the upward pressure on domestic energy bills. The Sun subsequently reported that the prime minister had instructed aides to ‘get rid of all the green crap’ from energy bills — a statement that was denied by Number 10 officials.

Many of the so-called green levies are funded via consumers’ bills rather than from general taxation. With many of the large energy suppliers having announced eight or nine per cent bill increases and blaming a proportion of the rise on government policies and green levies, from a political point of view the government was left with no option but to act…

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