The firm appointed to administer the scheme practically by assessing properties for eligibility and requirements, Tivium Limited, has been subject to legal action but it has now been confirmed that the business Directors will not be prosecuted. However, they have agreed to pay back over £100,000 to victims of their failings.
Tivium charged £299 to assess homes, but failed to deliver and help those in need. Andrew and Jonathan Matthews, father and son business partners, agreed to fully refund payments made to 372 customers; effectively avoiding a criminal trial. The agreement saw Trading Standards then agree to drop any further action against the firm.
The £299 paid for an assessor to attend the home and confirm eligibility (or not) for the scheme. The now-defunct Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced in 2015 that it would discontinue the scheme, citing industry standards as a concern as well as low take-up. Of course, the latter could have something to do with the fact it cost almost £300 to be even assessed!
The Green Deal was intended to help those battling fuel poverty and high energy bills to sufficiently protect their homes and keep them warm with energy-efficient solutions. It’s not just financially savvy to look after your house in this way, but eco-friendly too. Unfortunately, of course, the way that the Green Deal ended meant that those it was intended to help are instead still suffering from cold, sometimes damp homes and large bills to be paid.
Insulation was included in the Green Deal because it’s key to keeping buildings warm and comfortable, but many of us have outdated and inefficient insulation installed. Have you even looked at yours – do you know what it is, where it is, and how efficient it is?
With technology having moved on leaps and bounds since the days of lay-down fibreglass insulation panels, and energy companies consistently increasing bills and changing confusing packages, now is the time to invest in an eco-friendly solution.