Green scheme ‘im­per­ils 10,000 jobs’

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Oliver Gill DOUBLE-glaz­ing sales­men say Rishi Su­nak’s green homes give­away has back­fired and put more than 10,000 jobs at risk.

The Green Homes Grant Scheme was an­nounced ear­lier this month but will not come into force un­til Septem­ber, land­ing a mas­sive blow on the in­dus­try be­cause po­ten­tial buy­ers are hold­ing off un­til it starts, bosses said. Home­own­ers and land­lords will be able to claim up to £5,000 for work to im­prove the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of their prop­erty, with £10,000 grants avail­able to those on low in­comes.

But firms such as Du­raflex, Euro­cell and De­ce­un­inck said hold­ing back the launch had hit their sales by more than a quar­ter.

In a let­ter to the Chan­cel­lor, the firms said: “Large num­bers of cus­tomers have can­celled ex­ist­ing or­ders … the Gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment has im­per­illed the en­tire sec­tor.”

The let­ter urges Mr Su­nak to re­move un­cer­tainty by ei­ther leav­ing double-glaz­ing out of the scheme or mak­ing it ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.

Jon Van­stone, chair­man of the Cer­tass Trade As­so­ci­a­tion, said 10,000 small traders “will be se­verely hit” by “un­in­tended con­se­quences” of the an­nounce­ment.

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