More than 10,000 construction and insulation jobs could be lost – many as early as Christmas – if the government cuts ‘green levies’ on energy bills.
That is the warning from the UK Green Building Council and construction industry as the Government considers its review of green levies.
Construction firms installing energy-efficiency measures through the Energy Companies Obligation and manufacturers which make products such as solid wall insulation fear more than 10,000 jobs could be lost if ECO is scrapped or scaled back.
Prime minister David Cameron has raised the prospect of “rolling back” green levies following the public debate on the cost they add to household energy bills.
The government is expected to announce its intentions in the autumn statement on 5 December.
The Association of the Conservation of Energy estimates up to 33,000 people are currently employed delivering ECO and the Green Deal.
This should have risen to 60,000 jobs in 2015, according to the government’s own projections.
UK Green Building Council chief executive Paul King said: “The prime minister needs to realise that going after ECO in a bid to cut household energy bills could end up costing 10,000 construction and insulation jobs.
“That will decimate the very industry that is helping people – including some of the most vulnerable in society – reduce their bills in the long term.”