I am joining Angus councillors David May and Alison Andrews in backing the call by Liberal Democrat Energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP for the Scottish SNP Government to join in the Green Homes Revolution.
UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has announced that by 2015 100,000 Green Deal workers could be employed in the effort to make Britain’s homes warmer and cheaper to run. The UK Government is in negotiations with Scottish Government officials to extend the Green Deal across the UK.
Backing comments by Liam McArthur MSP, Montrose Cllr David May said,
“The Angus and Mearns area has been devastated by flooding over the last year. If we do not tackle climate change there are real risks that floods will be more likely in the region. The Green deal will help us all to tackle climate change and protect our homes and businesses.”
The Green Deal would be great for Angus and Mearns. It will save residents and businesses money on their energy bills, it will create jobs for builders and help tack climate change.
The UK Government predicts that the deal will create 100,000 jobs across the UK, which means a potential 10,000 for Scotland. These will be vital jobs for the construction industry that has been hit hard during the recession.
I understand that the Scottish Government officials are in discussions with their UK counterparts. It is vital that the SNP government extend a similar scheme across the country, so that Scotland isn’t left out of this green revolution.