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Labour's plans are poorly timed

While I’m sure many would welcome Labour’s consultation on the Green Deal, I think it’s highly unlikely to have much of an impact, especially as it hinges on a victorious result in the 2015 general election.

However, it might serve to shift attention to the need to make adjustments in a few areas that would encourage greater participation from both the building services industry and the public.

Interest rates have been a bone of contention, in addition to the cost involved for registered installers, while the recent revelations by Peter Thom’s Freedom of Information request - revealing that British Gas has issued the lion’s share of Green Deal boiler cashback vouchers - shows considerable scope for improvement.

But the most contentious announcement by Ed Miliband during last week’s Labour Party conference is the intention to freeze energy prices.

Not only has this been criticised for the effect it would have on investor confidence, leading to cancellations of projects that would provide valuable contracts for the sector, but there is also the issue of replacing the growing number of power generation sites reaching the end of their working lives and the potential of shortages in the not-too-distant future.

This shows the possible see-saw effect of changes in administration, raising fears over the impact this could have at a time when the UK economy should be enjoying a better period than it’s experienced for years.

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