ALMOST 400 jobs have been lost in the insulation industry in Yorkshire since December – and delays in the introduction of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation are to blame, according to an industry body.
The Insulation Industry Forum said 397 people had lost their jobs in the region since last month while 100 were on notice.
Last year, the IIF warned that up to 16,000 jobs – 45% of the sector – would be lost in the insulation industry due to delays in the implementation of the Green Deal and ECO.
It said the Coalition Government had failed to respond to its call for a transition scheme to bridge the gap between the end of an existing subsidy scheme and the start of the new Green Deal and ECO schemes.
John Sinfield, managing director of Knauf Insulation, Europe said: “We believe that up to 60,000 homes will not now get the insulation they need at the coldest time of the year, with insulation ordered for 34,235 homes cancelled due to lack of funding and enquiries for insulation in another 27,284 homes having been placed on hold.”