Throughout the insulation industry all work is partially or fully paid for by grants instigated by the Government. The money for these grants comes from the energy companies. It is provided against targets set by the Government for reducing carbon emissions. It is called CERT (carbon emissions reduction target) funding. This funding was provided by Act of Parliament and had a finish date of 31st Dec 2012..
For many months, everyone in the industry has been aware that the Government is aiming to launch a new flagship policy called Green Deal. You may have heard about it.
Due to the delays in introducing this policy we started talking to energy companies back in October to ensure we had funding available for orders we were taking. We were assured we had funding until June this year (June 2013). We even gave commitments on the amount of carbon saving we could deliver. It meant we could continue providing insulation to homes at the same level as we had been during 2012.
On Thursday 10th January all that funding was withdrawn with immediate effect, in spite of all previous agreements and commitments
The National Insulation Association is currently developing a media campaign to recognise the plight of the industry. They are also in discussions with the media to highlight the implication of massive job loses. For instance, approximately 40,000 people could lose their jobs and there won't be an industry to deliver the Green Deal policy.
We would like to keep your order on our books and keep you in touch with developments. We would like to insulate your property as much as we are sure you would like it insulated.
In the meantime, if you would like to express your feelings about the delay in getting your home insulated and, therefore, the higher energy bills you will have to pay we have included a couple of contact possibilities.
If you visit www.writetothem.com you can send an email direct to your local MP or send an email direct to Ofgem at firstname.lastname@example.org (we have included a suggested letter at the bottom of this e-mail that you could just copy and paste)
Finally, we would like to apologise most sincerely for the inconvenience (and expense) this has caused and assure you we are doing our utmost to find a solution.
Dear (name of your MP or just 'Ofgem')
I was due to have my home insulated in the next few weeks. I have been notified by my installer, Warm-Space Insulation Limited in Swindon SN5 8WQ, that the work cannot be done because all funding for insulation work has been withdrawn.
I understand this situation has been brought about by CERT Funding finishing before the Government's new policies are in place. I gather that action by Ofgem, the industry regulator, has prompted this immediate withdrawal of funding by the energy companies.
I would like to know what the Government/Ofgem intends to do to put the situation right and to make sure I can get my home insulated. In these difficult times, the savings on my energy bills had been eagerly anticipated.
I look forward to hearing from you. As the weather gets colder, time is of the essence.
You may also wish to support the Energy Bill Revolution, they are petitioning the government to make more funding available for people to make their homes energy efficient: http://www.energybillrevolution.org/