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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, said he has been contacted by a number of people who have been falsely told they can claim money back through Government scheme.
A LOCAL MP has warned his constituents to be vigilant when approached by companies claiming to be part of the Government’s Green Deal scheme.
Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, said he has been contacted by a number of people who have paid money to these companies and been falsely told they can claim the money back through the deal.
After contacting the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Mr Cox said he has been advised the rogue companies are a national problem.
Geoffrey Cox said: “I am extremely troubled by the current trend I am seeing whereby honest and vulnerable individuals are essentially being conned into parting with their money by these companies.
“They seem legitimate and money is being handed over in good faith as people want to make a difference to the environment.
“I am reassured that the government is doing everything possible to try and stop these rogue companies from operating, and I would urge everyone who is considering getting work done to be extremely vigilant, to shop around and to check out the credentials of the company they hope to use.”
More information on the Green Deal can be found at www.gov.uk/green-deal. If you think you have been a victim of a rogue company contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506.