When the Government launched its Green Homes Grant last year, it aimed to improve energy efficiency for 600,000 homes. But a BEIS minister has admitted that just 20,000 vouchers have been issued to date. In correspondence published by the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) today (8 February), Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for BEIS Lord Callanan confirms that around 20,000 vouchers have been issued under the scheme since it opened for applications last autumn. Vouchers enable households to claim two-thirds of the cost for verified, energy-saving home improvements, with the proportion rising to 100% for the lowest-income households. Each property can benefit from a maximum claim of £10,000. MPs on the EAC claim that, if this pace of voucher issuance continues, the Government will take 10 years to meet its 600,000 homes targets. This will, in turn, dilute the potential economic and climate-related benefits of the scheme, the Committee is warning.
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