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    graham farrall

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    100% agree what a fantastic report , and a credit to you

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    allan durning

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    As always, Andrew sums it all up with the brevity of an Oracle!

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      Andrew Warren

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      Alan

      This public recognition is particularly appreciated, particularly coming from somebody as well known in the industry as you : thank you.

      Andrew Warren

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    Andrew Warren

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    Dear Graham

    Thank you for taking the trouble to respond so enthusiastically. Whilst like anybody else I always appreciate praise, I would so much rather have been able to write a column that expressed total confidence that the excellent aspirations for the Green Deal set back by the Coalition Government in 2010 and 2011 were already being realised. The fact that the are now seven thousand FEWER people employed in delivering energy saving in homes is a sad reflection of just how far back everything has been permitted to slip.

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    graham farrall

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    Thanks Andrew

    It is just like the Housing Market apart from the exception of the South East , the New Build Sector was totally destroyed by the Banking Industry in 2008 , and now we are in a recovery mode of about 6 months duration , the scare mongers have started again , stating that the ” Help to Buy Scheme ” is overheating the Housing Market and a danger to the recovery of the economy

    What utter B======s

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    P Ward

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    One of the problems with the Green Deal is the cold-calling. My experience is that I get so many cold calls from scammers of various types that I never listen to any. I’ve had several ones claiming to be connected to the Green Deal. I have no idea whether they are from cowboys trying to profit from the programme or a bona fide organisation and because of this my default is to not trust any of them. This discredits the Green Deal – and by association all other green projects. It makes people think that the whole purpose of most environmental progammes is for someone to make a quick buck. the government needs to think of a way of getting householders on board that circumvents this problem. Making cold calling for commercial gain illegal would be a start.

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    Anon

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    The UK housing scene has been ‘overheated’ since the late 60s or 70s, i.e., all my adult lifetime due to a mix of

    mortgage interest relief
    crazily high loan to value mortgages for a lender’s safety (Germany allows max. 60%)
    capital gains tax exemption
    no property value tax (this is equiv. to the income tax that a landlord pays on rents)
    overzealous planning regs. causing a shortage of owner-occupied housing
    a de facto Whitehall ban on council house construction does the same for the supply of rented housing

    We didn’t quite have all six of the above in force for the last 40-50 years but we had enough of them to keep house prices much higher than they would otherwise be. As evidence for what happens when these factors aren’t so present, look at Germany.

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      graham farrall

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      ANON

      IT STILL DOESN’T DISTRACT FROM THE FACT THAT THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF HOUSES ESPECIALLY FIRST TIMERS ,

      BUT THIS IS A SIDE ISSUE FROM THE FAILURE OF THE GREEN DEAL

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    Malcolm

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    The government trying to put 14 million households into further debt. Anyone would think the government worked for the bankers. Says a lot for the average householder that the government/bankers were told to sod off.

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    Phil Beynon

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    Nobody could doubt the level of commitment and resource that ACE and more particularly Andrew applies to getting the energy efficiency sector active and sustainable. The shame is that the coalition are unable or unwilling to do likewise.

    We may all accept that Green Deal is a niche market in everything except name. However, we still need mechanisms to deliver the UKs commitments and secure the life of the energy efficiency industry.

    The Prime Minister needs to wake up and look beyond the “Green Crap” (personally think he missed out the word Deal) sound bite approach and look toward the economic, employment , health and social benefits that energy efficiency delivers to UK plc.

    A new approach or a new Government is required!

    Let’s start an online petition and you will soon see the Politicians taking notice.

    Thousands of signatures appears to have more impact than years of reasoned arguments and placing everyone’s best interest at the forefront.

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    Andrew Warren

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    Phil

    First of all, thank you so much for your kind comments upon our work: I make it a rule always to believe flattery.

    Second, I do think that on line petitions are an interesting idea – although if you check the relevant government website, you will observe that there are absolutely masses of them in existence, some of which have been signed by a very great number of people, but very few of which seem to have (as yet) had any policy impact at all.

    As you may know, ACE has been a staunch supporter of the Energy Bill Revolution Campaign, which has had a petition on line for some time, which I commend to you (and everybody else). That said, as of now, it has yet to achieve quite the breakthrough that had been hoped.

    Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    Regards

    Andrew Warren

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