GB’s £23bn scheme ‘failed its ob­jec­tives’

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NORTH­ERN Ire­land isn’t the only place where the Re­new­able Heat In­cen­tive is in trou­ble.

West­min­ster’s Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC) said Great Bri­tain’s RHI — set up in 2011 and sep­a­rate from North­ern Ire­land’s — failed to meet its ob­jec­tives or pro­vide value for the ex­pected £23bn cost to tax­pay­ers.

It found that of­fi­cial fore­casts

quiry and de­scribed that time in his ca­reer as “par­tic­u­larly mad” adding that there is a lot that is “a blur”.

He joined a com­pletely new RHI team af­ter three key civil ser­vants left the depart­ment within just a few months of each other. of take-up were “wildly over-op­ti­mistic”, not­ing that only 60,000 re­new­able ap­pli­ances were in­stalled un­der the do­mes­tic RHI com­pared with 6.2 mil­lion gas boil­ers over al­most four years.

Like North­ern Ire­land, of­fi­cials in GB had no es­ti­mate of the amount of money over­paid to par­tic­i­pants who had ma­nip­u­lated the scheme’s rules.

When the witness was asked by in­quiry pan­el­list Dr Keith Ma­cLean if he’s the type of per­son who “will not rest un­til you’ve read it all” when given im­por­tant doc­u­ments or if he’s “happy just to know there’s a doc­u­ment” to which he can re­fer to if needed,

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