Wednesday 8 September 2021 / 9:40 AM Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband comments on the NAO report on the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme

Ed Miliband MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on the NAO report on the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme, said:


“This report sets out in stark terms the incompetence and waste that have characterised the flagship policy of the Prime Minister’s efforts to tackle the climate emergency. This was a scheme personally overseen by the Business Secretary who must account for the chaotic mismanagement uncovered by the NAO for which consumers and installers have paid the price.


“We desperately need a credible home retrofit scheme to meet our country’s legal emissions targets, create jobs in every region, and cut household bills. But instead of recognising their mistakes, this report shows ministers cut more than £1 billion from vitally needed investment.


“The fact that the UK has some of worst insulated homes in Europe is shameful and hinders our efforts to tackle the climate crisis. Instead of delay after delay in action, ministers should learn the lessons from this failed, fragmented, outsourced scheme and purse a locally-led retrofit programme to help families and create new jobs.”