Concerns regarding aggressive doorstep traders offering free insulation to households have been raised by Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan in the Scottish Parliament.

The local MSP has had several cases brought to him where elderly or vulnerable people have been pressured into agreeing to have free insulation installed.

Householders are typically told that they are signing up for a “government-backed” scheme but are then given little to no documentation.

Serious concerns have also been raised regarding the quality and safety of the work installed.

Alasdair Allan MSP said: “More needs to be done to rein in this cynical behaviour towards elderly and often vulnerable people.

“I have heard of instances where householders have been told that they would be breaking the law if they did not agree to have insulation installed and another where a contractor was seeking to rip out all the insulation recently put into a house by another company, simply so they could claim the funding all over again.

"I have also seen numerous houses left in a terrible and in some cases dangerous condition. 

“These companies seem to be operating under the UK Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

"Angus Brendan MacNeil and I have both contacted OFGEM and UK Ministers highlighting these issues and calling for a review into how this scheme operates to ensure this type of behaviour stops.

“It is important to stress that this does not apply to the excellent work that Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) and Home Energy Scotland deliver through the Scottish Government’s energy efficiency programmes.”

 

“If people are contacted on the doorstep I would urge them to report it to Trading Standards on 01851 822694.”