Green Homes Grant applications canned after 31st March

Green Homes Grant applications canned after 31st March

12:04 PM, 29th March 2021, About 4 months ago 5

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The troubled Green Homes Grant Scheme will be closed for new applications after the 31st March this year as announced quietly by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

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.

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Upgrading the country’s homes with energy efficiency measures means we can cut emissions and save people money on their energy bills.

“Today’s funding boost will mean even more households across England are able to access these vital grants through their local authority.

“This latest announcement takes our total energy efficiency spending to over £1.3 billion in the next financial year, giving installers the certainty they need to plan ahead, create new jobs and train the next generation of builders, plumbers and tradespeople.”

  • All valid applications received through the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme up to 5pm on 31 March 2021 will be processed.
  • To date, more than 96,000 applications have been made through the Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme and more than 39,000 vouchers have been issued. The government expects to issue vouchers worth a total value of £300 million by the time the scheme closes on 31 March 2021.
  • The over £1.3 billion of funding for green homes retrofit consists of existing, rolling forward and new funding being made available:
1. New Funding £300m To be announced today
2. GHG V/Net Zero Recycled Funding £100m Previously announced in 2020
(3a) Previously announced SR20 Funding GHG V £220m Estimated spend for 2021/22
(3b) Previously announced SR20 Funding HUG £150m Already announced
(3c) Previously announced SR20 Funding SHDF Wave 1 £60m Already announced
4. Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund £453m Already announced
Total £1.3bn
  • Further details of the Local Authority Delivery scheme extension will be announced later this year when it is formally launched for applications from Local Authorities.
  • The additional funding for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, will build on the successful Demonstrator projects launched in 2020. Further details of how Local Authorities and Housing Associations can apply will be announced later this year.
  • In the recent Sustainable Warmth: Protecting Vulnerable Households in England strategy, the government committed £150 million through the Home Upgrade Grant (HUG) scheme to help low-income households in the worst-performing off-gas-grid homes in England become more energy efficient and cheaper to heat with low-carbon energy, contributing to both fuel poverty and net zero targets. Further information on how Local Authorities can access funding will be available this summer in advance of the Home Upgrade Grant scheme commencing delivery in early 2022.


Comments

by Bristol Landlord

14:13 PM, 29th March 2021, About 4 months ago

It was a pretty useless scheme for me. My properties are all Victorian terraced houses with existing loft insulation and good boilers.
I would have liked to replace many of my single glazed windows with double glazed.
Couldn’t do that without first spending a lot on redoing the insulation and boilers and even then the grant for windows was a small proportion of the money which first had to be spent on the other “improvements”. I didn’t go forwards on my mass window replacement as it was looking like a lot of work for a very small gain.This will have to wait for another day.
Why the Govt couldn’t just pay a rebate for a confirmed window replacement of single to double glazed I don’t know, would have been relatively simple to manage.
I suppose they were too thick to work that out. The grant scheme was overly bureaucratic, inflexible, restricted and complicated. This once again shows this single agenda Govt as really just interested in splashy headlines and vote catching and not actually serious in doing the best it can to improve all aspects of the country for the good of all citizens and residents.

by Luk Udav

14:46 PM, 29th March 2021, About 4 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Bristol Landlord at 29/03/2021 - 14:13
I couldn't agree more.
It was the usual Treasury nonsense that when inspected stopped you doing something useful. As for getting an approved supplier to respond, that was a joke.

by Hardworking Landlord

15:01 PM, 29th March 2021, About 4 months ago

I am sure many landlords will be devastated that they are no longer able to spend thousands to get a discount off an inflated price for a secondary energy saving item. Especially at a time when they have no right to even get their property back for any reason.
Roll on May elections...

by JB

17:54 PM, 29th March 2021, About 4 months ago

One of my EPC's recommends I spend £4,000-£14,000 on wall insulation for a saving of £30.72pa!

When enquiring about funding it seems I have done too much to my properties to be eligible.

What a laugh

by DSR

10:15 AM, 2nd April 2021, About 4 months ago

I gave up on this entirely.
I did apply then got such inflated quotes from the government approved installers (they openly say to you that they add more on to cover cost of admin etc and the hassle factor), that even with the 'discount' it would be cheaper for me to get the work done without the grant.
As you have to have a primary measure first (in my case external insulation) one quote came in at £14,000 before you can apply for a secondary (quote for a new door £4,000), it is completely ridiculous!
AND it did not guarantee getting the EPC rating to a C (another joke!) anyway after all that.
Instead of being a proactive LL trying to do my bit, and in light of the constant stoopid gvt initiatives being issued then retracted, I shall worry about this nearer the time.
Independent advisors to the government have already advised that reaching any 2030 target is not possible and are now looking at 2050.... I will have sold the lot up by then I guess!


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