The government is facing calls for a scrappage scheme, similar to the one introduced for cars in the recent Budget.
Advocates believe that in the same way the car scrappage scheme has been introduced to help the motor industry, the replacement of older boilers with high-efficiency, Band A, condensing models could bring numerous benefits to manufacturers, merchants and installers.
The idea was suggested by plumbing supplier Mick Williams of Williams & Co., who set up a petition on the Number 10 website to urge the government to act.
PTS managing director Alan Ball said: “I believe that it’s important for the Government to pay attention to our industry and consider new proposals to increase demand and ultimately sales. Not only could the boiler scrappage scheme result in these financial benefits but it could also help with environmental targets.
“The Government has legally obligated targets to achieve and incentivise the conversion from permanent pilot light, back boilers and other inefficient models will go a long way in making a significant contribution to those targets. At the same time the increase in demand will support manufacturing, distribution and installation securing much needed employment in the sector.
“The installation of high efficiency boilers in a larger proportion of homes will help to cut fuel bills whilst increasing demand in all sectors of the industry. As representatives for the industry it’s up to us to push for change and let the Government know that new schemes need to be put in place to incentivise homeowners and boost sales.”
Click here to see the petition to support the boiler scrappage scheme.