The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council is calling upon the Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change Greg Barker to simplify Green Deal.

In his letter to Mr Barker, Roger Webb, director at HHIC, calls for the current registration process for Gas Safe registered heating engineers to be made less cumbersome and arduous so that more of the country’s 135,000 gas engineers can be involved.

Mr Webb said: "We need to increase the number of firms registered to deliver Green Deal as these are the very people who have the trusted relationship with homeowners. If this scheme is to be successful it needs to engage right with all installers not just a few.

"Many have been put off becoming involved because of the burden of red tape. Installers have their recognised competency and skills based qualifications, are Gas Safe Registered and yet Green Deal requires that they jump through a further hoop, PAS2030 and so I am asking Mr Barker to look again.”