Millions of householders who want to build a conservatory, replace a broken boiler or install new windows will be forced to spend hundreds of pounds more on ‘green’ projects.Now Booker has weighed in, providing some context.
They will not be permitted to carry out the home improvement or repair unless they agree to fork out for measures such as loft or wall insulation.
The work is expected to add ten per cent to the cost of any building project in the home.
Defenders may stress that this is a consultation. So it may be in form ... but where is the consultation document? Who publicised it? It's not obvious where to find it - seemingly it's Eric Pickles' DCLG which is doing the consulting. They've acknowledged my query. This is reminiscent of the "consultation" at the start of The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy on demolishing the Earth to create an inter-stellar bypass.
“But the plans were on display..."If it turns out that this does emanate from Pickles' department, we can return later to his 'man of the people' image.
"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."
"That's the display department."
"With a flashlight."
"Ah, well, the lights had probably gone."
"So had the stairs."
"But, look, you found the notice, didn't you?"
"Yes, yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'.”
The policy assumes the cost of energy will keep rising, which it will if the government keeps increasing green taxes and pretending shale oil and gas don't exist.
The policy also assumes that CO2, which is essential for life, is causing temperatures to rise dangerously, which is odd, because even the greenies admit that - unexpectedly - there's been no statistically significant warming for the past fifteen years. If CO2 is such a temperature driver, something else must be going on too, but no one knows what. If the CO2 theory didn't exist, no one would invent it now. And if, implausibly, increased CO2 emissions were driving dangerously higher global temperatures, UK policies would have precisely no effect. Green policies - the subject of political consensus, by the way - insanely aim to make Britons poorer for no benefit.
Having recently eased planning regulations to make the process simpler for people who want to instal conservatories, the government now wants to make the rules more intrusive. You wouldn't even be able to instal a new boiler without doing council-mandated insulation work on your home.
At a time when most people are getting poorer, the government wants to increase costs and increase regulation - and we know who will pay.
Lastly for the moment, even if the policy wasn't expensive, intrusive and intellectually bankrupt, would compulsory increases in insulation be a sensible response?
In answer to a reader in this week's Sunday Telegraph, their building expert wrote that
I'm afraid your elderly mother is another victim of the government's "climate change" policy to stuff as much insulation as possible into everyone's lofts and walls, without any real understanding of the problems this can cause. And of course the public subsidy to schemes such as Warm Front has meant that much of the installation work is carried out by fly-by-night firms using unskilled labour.Government policy is evidently to make it worse.
The damage caused to people's homes by this misguided policy looks set to become a national scandal.