Energy Minister Amber Rudd has called in Trading Standards chiefs to warn Green Deal operators from trying to rip off consumers.
The Energy Minister says her department has become aware of a “number of issues” involving authorised Green Deal participants using sub-contractors to generate sales leads through ‘cold-calling’.
In addition, Amber Rudd says she is becoming increasingly concerned that households are being ripped off by the “promotion of incorrect or exaggerated information regarding the nature or benefits of the Green Deal”.
In a letter to the Green Deal supply chain, co-signed by Graham Venn, Chairman of the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers (ACTSO), Ms Rudd warns operators of their responsibilities under the Green Deal Code of Practice.
And the Energy Minister makes it clear that her department and the Green Deal Oversight Registration Body (GD ORB) will report companies who may have breached consumer law for possible criminal prosecution. The letter states: “We want to be clear that this will be reported directly to the relevant Trading Standards office.”
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