The government must quickly learn lessons from the failure of its flagship green homes upgrade voucher scheme or it will fail to decarbonise the UK’s notoriously draughty housing stock, which remains responsible for a sizeable chunk of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. That is the conclusion of the Institute for Government (IfG), which today lamented this week’s demise of the Green Homes Grant Scheme as another example of “government energy policy badly undermined by poor delivery, an overly-optimistic timescale, and a lack of coordination between government departments”. The think tank said much more must be done to ensure energy policy aligns across all key Whitehall departments, including the Treasury, the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Ministry for Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG) if the government is to meet its climate targets for the buildings sector. It follows the government’s shock decision to scrap the Green Homes Grant Scheme last weekend, leaving householders just four days’ notice to apply for grant vouchers worth up to £5,000 towards the costs of energy efficiency upgrade measures, rising to £10,000 for low income households.
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