Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes is urging residents in West Dunbartonshire who may have been mis-sold home energy efficiency measures such as solar panels to come forward.

Thousands of Scots who signed up to a UK Government-backed Green Deal scheme to fund home energy improvements have found themselves facing substantial debts, financial difficulties and even higher energy bills.

Home Energy and Lifestyle Management Systems (HELMS) was among the companies which provided the service, but has since gone into liquidation.

HELMS, which often told customers the scheme was “free” when it was actually a loan, has been criticised for ripping-off customers in a report published by Citizens Advice Scotland who branded the now-defunct firm as 'scammers'.

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Mr Docherty-Hughes said: “I’ve been contacted by a number of constituents from West Dunbartonshire who have been ripped-off as a result of Green Deal mis-selling for solar panels and insulation.

“We know though that there are many others across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven forced into financial difficulty as a result this who may be unaware of how to seek redress.

“More than 3000 households across Scotland signed up to the Green Deal scheme, leaving many people facing substantial debts and some unable to sell their property.

“If you’re looking for advice after being mis-sold energy efficiency products by HELMS, please get in touch with my office on martin.docherty.mp@parliament.uk or 0141 952 2988. Alternatively, your local Citizens Advice Bureau is on hand to offer advice and support.”