The government has scrapped its flagship green homes grant scheme, the centrepiece of Boris Johnson’s promise to “build back greener” from the Covid-19 pandemic, just over six months after its launch. The abandonment of the £1.5bn programme, which offered households grants of up to £5,000 or £10,000 to put in insulation or low-carbon heating, leaves the UK without a plan for tackling one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. People who have had their applications for vouchers under the scheme accepted will receive any money owed, but no new applications will be accepted after the end of this month.
Guardian 27th March 2021 read more »
UK to scrap flagship green homes voucher policy. UK ministers are scrapping a flagship £1.5bn environmental initiative launched only last year to upgrade England’s homes/
FT 27th March 2021 read more »
The Green Homes Grant (GHG) reached just 10% of the 600,000 homes the chancellor promised would be improved. The scheme will be stopped on Wednesday and the cash allocated to a separate insulation fund run by councils. The £300m previously allocated for the GHG will now go into a programme administered by local authorities, targeted at lower income households.
BBC 27th March 2021 read more »
The Government is “going in the wrong direction” on the climate crisis after scrapping its flagship scheme to insulate homes, according to climate campaigners. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced on Saturday that an extra £300 million will be invested in energy-saving upgrades for homes and low carbon heating in England. But his department also said that the green homes grant voucher scheme launched last year will close on Wednesday, with the scheme seen as a key component of the Government’s climate strategy having been due to run until March 2022. Greenpeace UK head of climate Kate Blagojevic said: “The green homes grant was the Government’s flagship scheme to ‘build back greener’ but after a shambolic rollout it has officially now been scrapped. “The biggest hole in England’s energy efficiency is private households and you can’t ‘boost’ the situation with a smaller pot of money. “The Government is plain wrong to try and frame it as such.”
iNews 27th March 2021 read more »
The government has announced it is to axe the embattled Green Homes Grant scheme from 5pm on March 31st, providing households with just a few more days to lodge applications for the popular energy efficiency grant scheme. In a surprise move, the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a statement late this afternoon confirming the scheme would be scrapped as part of reforms to the government’s wider domestic energy efficiency programme which will provide a £300m boost to schemes focused on improving energy efficiency for lower income households. Instead, Ministers today focused on the £300m boost to funding for the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme and Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator, which will include green home improvements such as deep insulation, heat pumps and solar panels, and is expected to cut over 70,000 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere each year. Ed Matthew, campaigns director at climate change think tank E3G, described the end of the government’s flagship green homes grant scheme as “a tragedy that was avoidable”. “There was plenty of demand for the grants but the scheme was plagued by incompetent administration,” he said. “The reality is that we can’t get to net zero emissions without decarbonising our homes. A new grant scheme must now replace it which can get grants out the door fast, with long term funding to give business the confidence to invest. It is surely not beyond the capability of this government to give money away at a time of economic crisis.”
Business Green 27th March 2021 read more »
£300 million of extra funding is to be invested to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s homes through energy efficiency and low carbon heating schemes. The funding will focus on delivering energy saving upgrades and low carbon heating to homes through local authorities in England, meaning tens of thousands more low-income households will be able to be upgraded. Following a review, the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme launched last year will close to new applications on 31 March at 5pm. The scheme was designed to provide a short-term economic boost while tackling our contribution to climate change. Applications made before the end of March deadline will be honoured and any vouchers already issued may be extended upon request.
BEIS 27th March 2021 read more »