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Green deal delays cost 800 insulation jobs

Delays to government schemes have resulted in the loss of hundreds of jobs in the insulation industry, it has been claimed.

The Insulation Industry Forum (IIF) has blamed the gap between the old insulation regime ending and the launch of the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) for the loss of some 800 jobs in the sector.

Current subsidy schemes end on Monday and several companies across the UK have seen work on more than 34,000 homes cancelled due to a lack of funding.

Spokesman from the IIF John Sinfield said: “Government policy is directly leading to massive job losses in the industry. The delays to the Green Deal and ECO, and failure to put in place a sensible transition plan, will seriously damage the industry.”

He added that he believed this was only the tip of the iceberg in regards to job loss due to continued delays to policy.

“Until the government realises the extent of the problem, and takes steps towards addressing it, the effects will continue to be felt by the entire industry,” Mr Sinfield concluded.