Greg Barker stands down as energy minister in Cameron reshuffle

Energy minister Greg Barker, who has led the Green Deal for the government, is among the government ministers to exit their roles in prime minister David Cameron’s reshuffle.

The Green Deal has been widely criticised for its slow start and lack of take-up since being launched in January 2013. But Mr Barker has been hailed for his pro-green stance and work on issues such as the Renewable Heat Incentive, establishing the Green Investment Bank and leading the passage of the Climate Change Bill while in opposition.

In January this year he hailed the work done by SMEs and urged larger contractors to take greater advantage of the beleagured Green Deal scheme. He also admitted the government’s initial target of 10,000 Green Deal plans to be in place by the end of 2013 had been “spectacularly wrong”.

Mr Barker, who will step down from Parliament in next year’s election, said on Twitter: “It has been a huge honour to serve in pioneering [first] Cameron Government, and great privilege to represent Bexhill & Battle.” The FT reported he would hold a temporary role as a green adviser to the PM.

Source: Construction News, 15 July, 2014, By Tom Fitzpatrick

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