Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) member, Anglian Home Improvements, recently hosted a visit from Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls MP.
Mr Balls visited Anglians’ Ossett branch in West Yorkshire, where he was welcomed by branch manager, Mark Allen, and Giles Willson, GGF deputy chief executive and director of technical affairs.
Mark Allen commented:
“It was a successful meeting and a pleasure to meet Mr Balls. He was very receptive to our concerns and the broader campaigns the GGF are lobbying for our industry, including issues around the overly complex and bureaucratic Green Deal and the GGF’s ‘Cut the VAT’ campaign.”
Giles Willson said:
“It was a pleasure to support Anglian for this high profile visit and I am pleased our campaigns resonated with Mr Balls.
“This was a very positive start to the GGF’s engagement strategy with MPs in the run up to the election. It is important we get our messages across and that MPs are fully informed of our members’ concerns, and the many solutions the GGF is offering to make the UK housing stock more energy efficient.”
With the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) both ‘failing to live up to expectations’, the GGF is lobbying for alternative energy efficiency schemes that will ‘incentivise homeowners, boost business, improve the UK’s building stock and help reduce carbon emissions’.
The GGF says it will continue to work with members and MPs to arrange more meetings and site visits in the run up to the general election on 7 May and throughout 2015.