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Disappointment at McCausland's rejection of Green New Deal

23 May, 2012 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin Enterprise Spokesperson, Phil Flanagan MLA has said that it is regrettable that the Green New Deal will not proceed as planned and that the £12 million ear marked for the scheme will instead be given to the Housing Executive to deliver energy efficiency measures.

Speaking after questioning the Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland during Question Time in the Assembly, the Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:

"The Green New Deal project offered great opportunities to create the right conditions for the private sector to deliver on key social and environmental objectives.

"Unfortunately, it has failed to receive any tangible support from the Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, as he instead appears to favour a proposal put forward by the Housing Executive, an organisation which itself has questions to answer on the effectiveness of recent energy efficiency works such as the double glazing and the boiler replacement schemes.

"The Green New Deal scheme's many benefits would have been felt right across the community.

"With global energy prices continuing to rise, it is important that the Assembly plays its full part in tackling fuel poverty and the most efficient and cost effective way to achieve this is to enable people to use less energy through efficiency measures such as proposed in the Green New Deal project.

"It is regrettable that the Green New Deal will not now proceed as planned as it would have leveraged significant funds from the private sector, created and sustained up to 1,100 jobs in the construction industry and some 25,000 households could have saved £350 on their annual energy bills .

"I now await further details from the Minister to find out exactly how he intends to allocate the £12 million ear marked for the Green New Deal."

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