Press Release:
NIA expresses concern at ending of the Green Homes Cashback Scheme

Release Date 27 March 2014

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is extremely concerned that there are currently no plans in place to extend the Green Homes Cash back scheme past 31st March, meaning consumers will lose out and jobs could be lost in the insulation industry.

Wilson Shaw, Chair of the NIA Scotland commented: "The Green Deal Cashback scheme which operates in England and Wales has been extended to the end of June by the Department of Energy and Climate Change with the sum available increased to £4,000 for solid wall insulation.

However, It is understood that decisions have not yet been made on additional funding to support the continuation of the Green Homes Cashback Scheme in Scotland. This will mean that both consumers and our industry will be disadvantaged when the current scheme ends on 31st March 2014.

"The proposed cuts to the Energy Company Obligation that were announced in the Autumn Statement in December 2013, are expected to result in a major reduction in insulation installations from April 2014. Therefore, the Government Cashback schemes have a key role to play in filling the gap and supporting both householders and the insulation industry. It is essential that urgent decisions are made on the additional funding to support the continuation of a cashback scheme here in Scotland."

For more information contact Duncan Murray at the NIA Press office on 01327 227 010 or email Duncan@evolution-pr.co.uk

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