The government’s decision to scrap its flagship scheme to insulate homes has been met with dismay, with environmentalists calling it a “tragedy” and a step “in the wrong direction” in tackling the climate crisis. The Green Homes Grant voucher scheme, which provides funding for energy efficient home improvements, will now close for applications within days, after the deadline was brought forward by a year. The programme was seen as a key component of the government’s climate strategy after it was announced last year.
Independent 28th March 2021 read more »
Scrapping Green Homes Grant has ‘destroyed’ confidence in retrofit industry, builders warn. Builders say decision to end the flagship scheme early has cost them thousands of pounds and pushed back UK green housing ambitions.
iNews 28th March 2021 read more »
Rishi Sunak’s £2bn Green Homes grant scheme is to shut after just six months following low take-up by the public. The insulation subsidy programme launched last year by the Chancellor is closing on Wednesday amid a failure to win widespread support. It was previously touted as a key part of government efforts to “build back greener” and meet the country’s climate goals, but was dogged by delays as would-be applicants struggled to get quotes for work from busy builders. Last week, a report by MPs accused ministers of underestimating the cost of improving the efficiency of many homes and asked for the scheme to be extended to accommodate the delays. The environmental audit select committee said the scheme was essential for improving Britain’s energy efficiency plans, but warned that delays in grant payments “had devastating consequences on many of the builders and installers that can do the work, who have been left in limbo as a result of the orders cancelled”.
Telegraph 28th March 2021 read more »
The government has ditched the £1.5 billion green homes voucher scheme a year early due to delays and “incompetent” administration, critics claim. The grant, which was launched last year by Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, will close to new applications this week, the business department has announced. The policy aimed to install efficient heating and improve draughty homes that are responsible for around a fifth of total carbon dioxide emissions. It was also designed to support more “green jobs”. Homeowners in England could claim up to £5,000 off installation fees for an electric heat pump or insulation. The figure was up to £10,000 for those from low-income households. However, installers reported delays in issuing the vouchers needed to access the discounts and pay companies after they had finished jobs. About £1 billion in funding for the scheme was previously pulled after ministers blamed poor take-up, a claim contested by the insulation industry.
Times 29th March 2021 read more »