Consequential Improvements, case lost in the High Court


Reports in Green Wise yesterday reported that ACE, the Conservation of Energy alliance who represents insulation and heating companies, lost its legal challenge with the government. ACE wanted a judicial review because they felt the government had changed their policy decision (previously supported) without “coherent reasons”.

This news has mixed reactions; consequential improvements may have meant extra work and opportunities for vast numbers employed in these sectors. However there were fears that it would require home owners to change all their windows when building an extension. Sales of conservatories are already very low, so insisting that homeowners spend even more to upgrade the rest of the house seems to make sense.

Seems the case was thrown out because of the grounds on which the case was presented, they reported that;

Mr Justice Nichols ruled that a Government Minister is entitled to make any policy decision he considers appropriate, provided he has “genuinely considered” representations made during the consultation.

Andrew Warren, director of ACE was very disappointed as this decision would now not deliver the CO2 reductions, an estimated £11billion of activity nor the 2.2 million green deals he had forecast.

This is likely to stimulate the glazing sectors requests to be given the same VAT treatment as other energy efficiency measures and new incentives like stamp duty rebates if improvements are made within two years of moving home.


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