Information, protection and support will be crucial to success of green homes schemes, says Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice, in its role as the official consumer watchdog for energy consumers, has responded to government proposals for a Green Homes Grant.
Dame Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:
“These proposals look like good news for households. Retrofitting homes will help reduce people’s bills, keep homes warm and is essential to helping the UK achieve its net zero by 2050 target.
“Any scheme like this needs to be underpinned by comprehensive information, protection and support. People will need information to help them make the right decisions about changes to their homes. There needs to be strong consumer protections that give people the confidence to engage and ensure there is help when things go wrong. And there needs to be support in the form of funding and incentives that work for everyone.
“It is essential that no-one is left behind. Support must be made available for people in the private rented sector, the digitally excluded and anyone who struggles to engage with the energy market.”
On 25 June Citizens Advice detailed its call for a net-zero homes guarantee which would ensure that energy customers are informed, protected and supported through the net-zero transition.
Previously Citizens Advice has highlighted the need to ensure the 4.5 million people in the private rented sector and the 5.3 million non-internet users are not left behind during the net-zero transition.
Notes to editors
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