Green Home Grant Flagging
February 21, 2021
Heavy & Small Plant Hire, Home Improvement, High Quality Tools & Equipment, Plant For Sale, Stevenage
Take up for the government’s Green Home Grant scheme which started on 30th September 2020 has been frustratingly slow. It was hoped that the £2bn available would be applied for by around 600,000 homes by the end of March 2021. Grants come in the form of vouchers amounting to £5,000 per household [or £10,000 for those on benefits].
The money is aimed at encouraging householders and landlords across the UK to make their properties more energy efficient. The vouchers are intended to fund up to two thirds of the cost of things like heat pumps and insulation. It soon became apparent that the 6 month window for the scheme was going to be insufficient, so the government extended it by a year to March 2022.
So far only about 2,623 homes have taken advantage of the scheme and an additional 21,056 vouchers have been issued for work scheduled. Although several measures can cover one application, and each measure will have a separate voucher. This means there may not actually be 21,056 houses applying. There are a couple of reasons for the snail’s pace of the scheme and lack of interest. The work has to be done by a tradesperson or business that is TrustMark registered and has either a Microgeneration Certification Scheme or Publicly Accessible Standards certification. Not all installations qualify for a grant either, double glazing and new boilers are not covered. [You could however qualify for say double glazing if you also get a new boiler!]
It doesn’t help that there are only 929 qualified and registered companies across the UK. Government figures show that in the first four months of the scheme, 2,766 primary measures were installed: 2,441 for insulation and 325 for low carbon heat. Only 11 secondary measures have been successful: 10 heating controls and one house managed to get a grant for double/triple glazing. More than 100,000 vouchers have been applied for (roughly 59% for insulation, 17% low carbon heat, 17% double/triple glazing and 7% heating controls). Yet only 21,056 vouchers have been issued. (16,206 for insulation, 3,520 for low carbon heat.) This is exasperating for everyone including building companies in places like Stevenage, who are eager to get on with the work.