I participated in a debate about central heating installations and consumer protection in order to take this opportunity to raise the issue of the Home Energy & Lifestyle Management Ltd) HELMS issue which has seen many of my constituents across North Ayrshire & Arran feeling let down and conned.
I spoke about how those caught up in this matter continue to campaign for the UK Government to intervene. Many of my constituents are left unable to sell their homes as a consequence of the HELMS mis-selling consumers had solar panels fitted but found they were not in the feed-in tariff and could not register for it, were were mis-sold credit deals, are paying more for their electricity, and they are tied into payment contracts with energy suppliers for two decades. I urged the Minister to consider a review of green deal loans, given the high volume of loans have a payback period exceeding 20 years.
In what appears to be a slight change of tone, the Minister of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Claire Perry, indicated that whilst currently, all contracts are covered by existing consumer protection, but as a second action point she would undertake to go away and review this specific company and would write to me with the state of progress on those conversations.
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