The UK Government has decided to withdraw the troubled Green Homes Grant (GHG) voucher scheme after failing to deliver on £2bn worth of upgrades to people’s properties, which launched in November last year.
The initiative allowed homeowners to claim up to £5,000 off works such as installing an electric heat pump or insulation, or up to £10,000 off if they were from a low-income household. But installers had reported severe problems with its administration, including delays to issuing the vouchers required to access the discounts and paying companies once they had completed the work.
The flagship scheme, which launched last autumn, closed to new applications at 5pm on Wednesday (31 March).
MPs said the programme had been poorly implemented, lacked long-term vision and that it may have been detrimental to the construction sector. It called for Whitehall to reform the scheme and place an emphasis on long-term financing that would allow construction firms to build up the needed skills in its workforce and supply chain for retrofit work.
The grant had initially only been set to run for six months until it was extended until spring 2022. However uptake has been low, with only 10 per cent of the anticipated target of 600,000 homes reached by the scheme.
Homeowners are still able to get a FREE boiler or insulation via the ECO Energy Grant, which is still available to households that qualify. Warma UK are currently working throughout the UK helping privately owned and rented homes to improve home energy efficiency and save money on rising energy bills.
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