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Widespread layoffs follow squashing of Green Deal
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Construction and refurbishment businesses across the UK are reeling after Green deal got trashed by the UK government. Mr Paul Greaves, the managing director of Firstcall Home Assist and Firstcall Trade services said: 'Many companies have done exactly what the Government had asked and invested thousands of pounds training and developing new and existing staff, in what was thought to be the 'biggest retrofit since the Second World War', only then to see them back out and pull the funding with devastating effect.'
Widespread layoffs follow squashing of Green Deal

Greaves felt that the officials behind the decision should be made to come and work in the 'real world' to get some proper work experience before being allowed to make crucial decisions like this that dramatically affect the lives of small business owners and those who work for them.

For large companies these decisions had less of a bearing as they had the capabilities to absorb the costs involved in becoming Green deal accredited. In regards to this Mr Greaves stated that “one of the most frustrating elements about the Green Deal is in the way the Government pulled the scheme. It was pathetic and cowardly there was no warning for the businesses who had invested in the scheme it was a case of everything being prepared to move into action one minute and then the next to tell your staff that they no longer had jobs.”

He knew of many small businesses and sole traders that have suffered after believing the Governments misleading advice to invest in this business opportunity, with many investing their savings, time and effort to achieve the required accreditation needed for the Green deal.

For Mr Greaves and Firstcall Home Assist it was a case of having to change the Green Deal model overnight after receiving the news at 5pm that the Green Deal programme was dead. Firstcall who employ over 100 staff had to initially pay off some employees as a result.

Mr Greaves stated “it had been a difficult, sad and frustrating time to tell people they no longer had jobs as a result, however he had moved quickly and worked to continue to supply Scotland with a better deal.”

The company came up with a deal itself which to help them cope with the change which boasts a brand new energy efficient grade A rated gas boiler with the potential to reduce customers' bills by around £320.00 a year. Included with this flexible finance is a 10 year warranty which actually puts the Green deal to shame.

Speaking further, Mr Greaves stated that “with the Firstcall Home Assist deal there is no need to pay for an expensive boiler breakdown insurance you normally would pay. This provides households with a saving of around £17+ per month.”

“It's really easy to work it out that if you add boiler insurance and the savings made by installing a new A rated boiler you can reduce bills by £45 per month; we can supply and install a new boiler with quality brands such as Worcester Bosch , Ideal and Baxi from around £17 per month, we can also help our customers access £500 back if they live in council tax bands A-C, but this is for a limited time only as this is a Government ran scheme we have no control of the funding and they can drop it without notice at any point.”

A lesson can be learned here by the Government that working with the small businesses as opposed to destroying them would help everyone in the long term.

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