People who devise government scheme meet scheme devised by government

It is of course the greens and environmentalists who have been screaming that the government must take action on fuel poverty. Something Must Be Done!

And now something is being done:

Even the companies involved in the green deal find it hard to explain how it will work. Here are some of the hoops needed to be jumped: to enter the scheme, you need a green-deal assessor who works for a green-deal adviser organisation to undertake a green-deal assessment of your house, which will result in a green-deal advisory report. This will be lodged with a green-deal provider who will devise a green-deal plan. The work will then be undertaken by a green-deal installer to standards overseen by the new green-deal oversight body.

Welcome to the world of government designed \”solutions\”.

It really would have been easier and more sensible just to stick on hte carbon tax and let people figure out their own solutions.

No, really.

 

10 comments on “People who devise government scheme meet scheme devised by government

  1. Or, since there’s no convincing reason to believe that manmade global warming is a serious threat, they could skip the carbon tax and go forth and multiply.

  2. Exactly Steve.

    The wheels are coming off the global warming scam. Morphed into Climate Change (who’d a thud that climate changes?) and now extreme and dirty weather.

    Da bugger is dat the data don’t support any of it. You need to spend a lot of time following the matter but it is all becomning clearer and clearer.

    Yes, it is complex, but surely ‘expert university professors’ could take a peek at the data? Trouble is too much prestige (and grant money) is tied up in it.

    We shall see that soon even the MSM will be on board.

    People will realise that coal mining is much more deadly than fracking and we will bring up the gas, which will give us a long time to sort out real alternatives.

    Meantime, if, if CO2 continues to rise, look forward to a green (plant life) explosion.

    Probably a few greens will explode too (or just spontaneously combust). No great loss.

    Yep, keeping the elderly warm is a damn sight easier than the Cameroon seems to think.

  3. So, you have to jump through bureaucratic hoops to get a loan at a not-especially-favourable rate of interest that you then pay back through a billing system that already gives you heart-failure every time it lands on the mat, thanks to green energy subsidies that are hiking the price…

    Mind you, I expect there’ll be a queue to become green-deal assessors. I bet that’s well funded.

  4. This will go the way of the energy assessment scheme, and the green deal assessors, having paid for the training, will have nothing to do.
    1. Jan 2013, green deal launched with much fanfare.
    2. Feb, leaflets delivered to every house in the land.
    3. About 5 people sign up.
    4. April, green deal quietly dropped.
    5. August, Guardian journo notices 4, kicks up a fuss / writes article.

  5. Double glazing is a good thing; it makes us more comfortable and saves money.

    Talking to my excellent double glazing man, in a few years you will need an NVQ3 (I think) to be allowed to install double glazing.

    At which point he will give up and stick to kitchens and bathrooms, and the market will go further to big battalions with a couple of qualified people and a lot of oppos for double the price.

  6. The easiest solution for manmadeglobalwarmingclimatechage would be to take note of the lesson taught by King Cnut.

  7. “King Cnut”

    I’m sure French Connection (UK) could do something with that. A T-shirt, perhaps, preferably involving Yeo, Gummer and few other troughers…

  8. Matt Wardman>

    “Talking to my excellent double glazing man, in a few years you will need an NVQ3 (I think) to be allowed to install double glazing.”

    If he can’t get the NVQ for the cost of an exam fee and a couple of hours of his time, I wouldn’t let him touch anything on my house, double-glazing or otherwise. He would have to be stupid, incompetent, and also entirely untrained, in order to fail. An NVQ3 is supposedly equivalent to two a-levels, but your chappy’s supposed to know the stuff extremely well already.

  9. “If he can’t get the NVQ for the cost of an exam fee and a couple of hours of his time, I wouldn’t let him touch anything on my house, double-glazing or otherwise. He would have to be stupid, incompetent, and also entirely untrained, in order to fail. An NVQ3 is supposedly equivalent to two a-levels, but your chappy’s supposed to know the stuff extremely well already.”

    It’s difficult to imagine what the hell would be covered by a double-glazing NVQ. Theory of double-glazing? All fascinating stuff about U values, UPVC, inert gasses, which would be good to know if you were designing the stuff but make bugger all difference to an installer. At the ragged edge of the business there’s a great deal of knowledge required that usually lives under the hats of architects & structural engineers. Taking out an old window that turns out, due to structural problems in the building, to be holding a considerable portion of it up can be…..interesting. But no-one’s going to be learning much about that at NVQ level.
    This’ll be a rerun of the electricians qualification needed to wire in a new kitchen socket. A whole slew of information about stuff guys who put in kitchen sockets would never ever touch. So, as Matt says, it’ll end up with the holder of the qualification sitting in an office certifying the oafs doing the install. Meanwhile, the bloke with years of practical experience of doing it, who could probably spot a supporting timber lintel full of dry rot but with little inclination to learn tick box answers to irrelevant questions, will be applying his practical skills & knowledge elsewhere.

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