Well, they may have exaggerated it somewhat, but it's true that Government has just pulled the plug on funding for the Green Deal Finance Company.
More information on the DECC website here....
Even though the Beeb have got it wrong again, this announcement certainly means that new Green Deal Plans will now be much harder to get. All Green Deal Providers must have finance in place to offer their customers, and without government funding, the GDFC will have difficulty supplying them with that finance.
Happily though, most of the Green Deal assessments done to date haven't been undertaken because the customers wanted to enter into Green Deal Finance. They have installed energy efficiency improvements using other finance, such as their own savings, or with subsidies from the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). So, the lack of Green Deal finance may have less of an impact on Green Deal than the Beeb thinks.
So, what does this mean for Green Deal Advisors, and Green Deal Assessors? (remember there is a difference between them - Advisors being the people doing the assessments, Assessors being the organisations they work though).
From the inception of Green Deal, I've believed that Advisors should consider joining a consortium. Pooling resources has to be the way to survive in a difficult market. When I set up the Green Deal Advisor Association as an Assessor organisation, together with my co-director Carl, I had this model in mind. My headline is... We are still operating! As we have just announced in a message to our members, we are not going away.
More information about my Assessor organisation is on our website here... GDAA