MPs are calling for an extension to the government’s flagship green home upgrades programme beyond March 2022, amid revelations that just a fraction of the available vouchers have been given out to householders to help install energy efficiency measures under the scheme since its launch last year. Unveiled last summer and touted as a cornerstone of the government’s ‘green recovery’ plans, the Green Homes Grant Scheme saw £2bn set aside for householders to apply for grants worth up to £5,000 – rising to £10,000 for low-income households – to upgrade their homes with energy efficiency measures such as heat pumps, double glazing, and insulation. A further £1bn was also later set aside to extend the scheme for another year beyond March 2021. But the scheme has been dogged by problems from the outset, with concerns frequently raised about applicants struggling to secure approval for vouchers, a shortage of accredited tradespeople to complete upgrades, and slow payments to those businesses that have carried out approved work.
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Green Homes Grant vouchers for home retrofits are being issued to homeowners at a “snail’s pace”, with the scheme set to take a decade to upgrade the Government’s target of 600,000 homes. The £2bn scheme, launched in September, offers homeowners up to £5,000 towards the cost of energy retrofit measures such as loft insulation or heat pumps. But the slow rollout of vouchers – required before work can start at a property – is holding up progress. Just 20,000 vouchers have been issued since September under the scheme, BEIS minister Lord Callanan told MPs last week, a fraction of the 600,000 vouchers the government aims to issue by March next year when the scheme closes.
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