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House of Commons Hansard
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Petitions
05 September 2018
Volume 646

Petitions

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Presented Petition

Petition presented to the House but not read on the Floor

Home Education: draft guidance and the consultation

The petition of residents of Chingford and Woodford Green,

Declare that the “Home Education—Call for Evidence and revised DfE guidance” has been written following significant consultation with local authorities and no consultation whatsoever with the home education community; further that the consultation is consequently for little more than show as an intention to implement the content has already been stated: further that it seeks to encourage local authorities to breach the ECHR Article 8 and the GDPR; and further that the report provides no accessible means for a parent to address ultra vires behaviour by their local authority, where many of those authorities already act routinely in an ultra vires manner.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to withdraw the draft guidance and the consultation, until it has put in place an accessible and workable complaints procedure and further has consulted with home educating parents, as it has with Local Authorities, what the contents should include.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr Iain Duncan Smith .]

[P002262]

Observations

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Green Deal Scheme

The petition of residents of Glasgow North East,

Declares that the Government backed Green Deal Scheme has affected petitioners as we have suffered a detriment to both our finances, our private and family lives; further that many vulnerable residents have invested their life savings in good faith, and others have accrued up to £17,000 debt to pay for the work that was carried out; and further that in many cases the installer did not apply for building warrants and as a result we are unable to sell our properties or have the assurance that they are safe to live in, or can be insured.

The petitioners therefore urge the House of Commons to ensure that the Government will compensate and protect people who have found themselves suffering a detriment because of this Government backed Scheme, and take steps to ensure that this cannot happen in the future.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr Paul Sweeney , Official Report, 23 July 2018; Vol. 645, c. 834.]

[P002231]

Observations from the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth (Claire Perry):

The Government recognise that consumers should be able to obtain appropriate redress where a detriment has been suffered under the Green Deal. A specific process for handling complaints exists under the scheme, established in legislation under the Green Deal Framework (Disclosure, Acknowledgment, Redress etc.) Regulations 2012. This starts with a complaint by the consumer to their Green Deal Provider, the company responsible for the work. If not resolved satisfactorily, the consumer may then approach the Green Deal Ombudsman or the Financial Ombudsman Service, depending on the nature of the complaint. Their decisions will be binding on the Green Deal Provider.

If, after progressing through those channels, or if the Provider is in liquidation, the consumer is still not satisfied, they may refer their complaint to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for consideration. If the Secretary of State is satisfied that there has been a breach of the applicable regulations, they may impose the sanction of reduction or cancellation of the Green Deal loan. This represents the full extent of the Secretary of State’s power to require redress is provided to consumers in relation to the Green Deal.

The Government are currently reviewing the Green Deal. This began with the publication last Autumn of a Call for Evidence on the Green Deal Framework. A summary of responses received was published in July (both publications are available

At: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-on-the-reform-of-the-green-deal-framework). The Government will publish a consultation at a later date on proposals to reform the Green Deal. In developing proposals, the Government will learn from the experience from delivery of the Green Deal to date and will ensure that the interests of consumers remain foremost.

Zero emissions target

The petition of residents of Macclesfield,

Declares that the United Kingdom should maintain its lead in investment and job creation in clean industries, cut waste, improving air quality, and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists; further that the United Kingdom should work to restore natural habitats; and finally that Her Majesty's Government should take steps to mitigate the impact of climate change in the developing world, where more extreme weather is already having an impact.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Prime Minister to give priority to set a UK net zero emissions target, enshrined in law, ahead of the year 2050.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by David Rutley , Official Report, 24 July 2018; Vol. 645, c. 18P .]

[P002260]

Observations from the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth (Claire Perry):

The Government recognise that climate change is one of the most urgent and pressing challenges we face today, and the UK is committed to tackling it. Our Climate Change Act was the first of its kind in the world to set legally binding long-term targets, and the UK played a lead role in securing the historic climate deal agreed in Paris in 2015. We are already making strong progress. Between 1990 and 2016, the UK reduced its emissions by over 40 per cent while growing the economy by more than two thirds—the best performance in the G7 on a per person basis.

The Clean Growth Strategy, published last October, made clear that the Government believe the UK will need to legislate for a net zero emissions target at an appropriate point in the future, to provide legal certainty on where the UK is heading.

In addition, the Government have made clear that they intend to seek the advice of their independent advisers, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), on the implications of the Paris Agreement for the UK’s long-term emissions reductions targets, once the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change publish their special report on 1.5°C later this year. We will consider the CCC’s advice carefully when it is received.