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Cut Green Deal red tape, minister urged

Gas Safe registered engineers should have simpler access to the Green Deal, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has told Energy and Climate Change minister Greg Barker.

In a letter to the minister, HHIC director Roger Webb has called for the current registration process for gas engineers to be made less cumbersome so that more of the country’s 135,000 gas engineers can be involved.

He said: “We need to increase the number of firms registered to deliver Green Deal as these are the very people who have the trusted relationship with homeowners. If this scheme is to be successful it needs to engage right with all installers not just a few.

“Many have been put off becoming involved because of the burden of red tape, installers have their recognised competency and skills-based qualifications, are Gas Safe registered and yet Green Deal requires that they jump through a further hoop, PAS2030. And so I am asking Mr Barker to look again.”

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