Green body says Conservative plans to offer homeowners £6,500 are 'step in the right direction'

The UK Green Building Council has welcomed proposals from the Conservative party to offer loans to the UK's 25 million householders to make energy efficient improvements to their homes.

Grant Shapps, Conservative shadow housing minister, today confirmed plans to offer householders £6,500 worth of energy efficiency measures, to be paid for over time through the savings on energy bills. The Conservatives have also announced their intention for retailers to play a lead role in selling these refurbishment services.

Paul King, chief executive of the UKGBC, said - “The Conservative's 'Green Deal', which will offer householders energy saving measures is a hugely welcome step in the right direction. It begins to tackle the key obstacle that householders face, which is the high upfront cost of much of this work”.

The proposals would mean adding or modifying a charge on consumer's energy bills but King added for a scheme like this to work would require primary legislation. “If government can't find time before an election, this needs to be an absolute priority after the general election, for a new government - of any colour.”