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Miliband lines up loft insulating jobs for after the election

Fuel bills will pay for eco-upgrades
More than 10,000 homes a week will be given 'eco-upgrades' under Goverment plans to make every home in Britain environmentally friendly.
Energy companies will work with local authorities to carry out the ambitious refurbishment programme "street by street" and "house by house".
Mr Miliband admitted households will pay around £50 per year to subsidise the nationwide scheme through fuel bills but insisted that this would be outweighed by savings in the long term.
The Home Energy Management Strategy is expected to create up to 65,000 jobs. To protect consumers against "cowboy eco-builders" a new accreditation scheme will ensure minimum health and safety standards for workmen.

So a state regulated army of turkey workers under local authority control will go "house to house" demanding householders alter their properties to conform with Mr Miliband's dreams and we all will pay for this scheme.
Is there a box to tick that says I've already paid to insulate my castle and I don't want to pay again or be bothered?

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Let's hope Miliband doesn't screw it up to the extent that Australia's Environment Minister did:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/peter-garrett-blamed-for-insulation-deaths/story-e6freuy9-1225829348991

In Parliament, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said Mr Garrett was warned "on at least 13 separate occasions" of the risks of the Government's $2.5 billion scheme - but took "no effective action".

"If he was a company director in NSW he would be charged with industrial manslaughter - that is the truth," he thundered.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/garretts-roofing-fire-admission/story-e6frg6n6-1225829880090

PETER Garrett has admitted his troubled $2.5 billion insulation program has been linked to 86 house fires around the nation as the opposition stepped up calls for him to resign over his handling of the scheme.

But it's okay for government schemes to kill people because people die in other industries:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/peter-garrett-resists-call-for-his-resignation-over-roof-insulation-debacle/story-e6frgczf-1225829696127

There have been tragedies for people's families. I understand that. But there are also tragedies with industrial accidents across the country in other areas.

And, of course, as a government run scheme it has been ripe for fiddling:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/04/2836682.htm

You have got to be joking. Just turn to Andrew Bolt's blog and see the result of this policy in Australia. Cowboy operators with no regard to safety causing house fires and death. Aluminium foil nailed into wiring. False invoices for work undertaken earlier. Its going to cost Garret, the pratt in charge of the whole shenanigans, his job. Although Rudd himself is going to get covered as well. Full support one minute - the knife in the back the next. Mind you the more I think about it...... Miliband on a skewer.....Ummmmm

You have got to be joking. Just turn to Andrew Bolt's blog and see the result of this policy in Australia. Cowboy operators with no regard to safety causing house fires and death. Aluminium foil nailed into wiring. False invoices for work undertaken earlier. Its going to cost Garret, the pratt in charge of the whole shenanigans, his job. Although Rudd himself is going to get covered as well. Full support one minute - the knife in the back the next. Mind you the more I think about it...... Miliband on a skewer.....Ummmmm

"To protect consumers against "cowboy eco-builders" a new accreditation scheme will ensure minimum health and safety standards for workmen."

Oh God, no, this will be yet another scam like CORGI or FENSA. Before long you won't be allowed to install your own loft insulation, you'll have to get in "approved" contractors who - surprise! - cost a lot more than your friendly neighbourhood builder.

No doubt it's all a result of lobbying by some big corporate somewhere that manufactures the stuff in China and sees a chance of a bit more "added value" by having the State impose a completely pointless licencing scheme.

Christ how many times do we have to fall for this sh1t?

Just f*** off, PLEASE.

These insulation schemes/grants/loans have been around decades. How many homes are still without insulation? Brian J. BAKER is correct, this is just another scam aided and abetted by our nanny state for our own good, because its the 'right thing to do'.

Brian J. BAKER ain't exaggerating: the Australians suspended their cack-handed insulation programme after four installers were electrocuted.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/foil-insulation-program-suspended-after-deaths/story-e6frg6xf-1225828406965

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