Green Homes Grants
2020 Summer Statement Retrofit grants
The Government announced the “£2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme as part of the July Green Recovery statement. The scheme opened in September 2020 and was beset by problems from the start.
Far from encouraging a massive increase in tradespeople trained in retrofit, insulation, air source heat pumps etc there was a massive bottleneck of a small pool of tradespeople. The administration was awarded to a company in America that applicants could not contact satisfactorily, some firms went bankrupt awaiting payment of vouchers and very few projects completed.
It was abandoned on 27th March 2021 for new applicants.
Local Government funding
The original Green Homes Grant included £1bn for the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme.
When the Green Homes Grant for homes was closed on 27th March this was expanded to the £1.3bn.
The Energy Savings Trust said that it “aims to raise the energy efficiency of low-income and low EPC rated homes (those with Band E, F or G) including those living in the worst quality off-gas grid homes, delivering progress towards reducing fuel poverty, the phasing out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating and the UK’s commitment to net zero by 2050.“
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership works to help local authorities use these grants. They say “We have £69million for the South East to be spent by December. Installers can join our DPS Framework. It’s not £1billion but it’ll help keep some people employed.“