Audit office blames UK government for botched £1.5bn green homes scheme. Spending watchdog says home insulation drive was fatally rushed and missed chance to cut heating bills and create jobs. A “botched” scheme to insulate England’s draughty homes collapsed after six months because officials rushed its design, put in place an undeliverable timetable, and failed to heed industry warnings, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found. The National Audit Office (NAO) blamed the government for scuppering the opportunity to help households to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, reduce carbon emissions, and create tens of thousands of jobs by rushing the flagship scheme. The £1.5bn green homes grant was considered a centrepiece of Boris Johnson’s pledge to “build back greener” and a pivotal part in the government’s bid to reduce carbon dioxide released by heating homes and buildings, which makes up about 19% of the UK’s total emissions.
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The National Audit Office (NAO) has released a report charting a litany of failures in the Government’s plans for delivering the now-closed Green Homes Grant, revealing that £1000 is likely to be spent on administration costs for every home which received funding. Published today (8 September), the report follows on from the closure of the scheme in March. The scheme was meant to run for six months originally, and had a budget of £1.5bn, designed to enable 600,000 UK households to improve energy efficiency. According to the NAO, the scheme is likely to only benefit 47,500 homes – less than 9% of the promised total. The NAO report estimates that just £314m of the budget will be spent and, that for every voucher issued to a household, administration costs will total £1,000. Householders were able to claim up to £5,000, rising to £10,000 for the lowest-income homes. All in all, the NAO has stated, the scheme was “delivered to an over-ambitious timetable and was not executed to an acceptable standard, significantly limiting its impact on job creation and carbon reduction”.
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A “rushed” green homes scheme that helped only eight per cent of target households was “set up to fail”, the Government’s spending watchdog has said. The National Audit Office (NAO) said that the Green Homes Grant, which would have given people up to £10,000 to help make their homes more energy efficient, was poorly administered and plagued by delays, complaints and confusion. There were plans to give out the grants to 600,000 households and applications for 113,738 homes were received, but the scheme ended up covering just 47,500 properties and creating a fraction of the expected jobs.
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A botched government scheme offering homeowners grants to reduce their energy bills racked up £50 million in administration costs, the public spending watchdog has found.
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In reaction to a new report from the National Audit Office (NAO) looking into the government’s failed Green Homes Grant scheme, Greenpeace UK’s policy director, Doug Parr, said: “The verdict is in. The Green Homes Grant failed to deliver because of cowboy politicians, not cowboy builders, or because energy efficiency improvements are a bad idea. The schemes shoddy handling has left homeowners disappointed, businesses out of pocket, job promises unfulfilled and the UK no closer to decarbonising its housing. “A long-term scheme would have allowed more time for jobs to be created, and more chance of success, but this was rejected by the Treasury. Lessons must be learned from these costly mistakes. We need a new and improved, long-term programme for delivering these vital upgrades to people’s homes and the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, must commit the necessary £12bn in cash to green our homes in the upcoming Spending Review. It’s essential, not just to deliver warmer homes that are cheaper to run, but also to slash emissions and tackle the climate crisis.”
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