Angela secures debate on Green-Deal Mis-selling

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley has secured a Westminster Hall debate on Green Deal Mis-selling next Tuesday(Feb 6).

The MP has been campaigning for justice for her constituents that purchased solar panels and home insulation at inflated prices as part of the UK Government’s Green Deal scheme.

The campaign comes after the liquidation of Cambuslang-based company Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Systems (HELMS).

Businesses such as HELMS sold solar panels on the promise of reduced energy bills, but in fact bills have in some cases tripled, and have saddled their customers with years of debt.

People who had taken on the scheme also found out afterwards the debt would be tied to their properties, meaning it became difficult to sell their homes.

The company was previously sanctioned for £10,500 by the UK Government in November 2015 for breaches of the Green Deal Code of Practice.

Commenting, Angela said:

“I have already been contacted by dozens of constituents across Lanark and Hamilton East who have been mis-sold solar panels by HELMS, and I am aware neighbouring MPs have too.

“I recently set up an APPG to put pressure on the Government to act and i’m delighted by the interest across all parties.

“Although HELMS has already faced financial penalty, people are still left in huge debts, and the UK Government needs to address this.

“I am delighted to have secured this debate and hope the Government will use the opportunity to bring justice for the families affected.”