Published: 14/11/2020 By The Knightsbridge Team
In July, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Green Homes Grant to launch on September 30th. This allowed for £2 billion in funding to be applied to energy saving home improvements, alike to insulation, double glazing & solar panels. Applicants would receive two thirds of the project cost up to a maximum of £5,000. Low income families were able to receive vouchers matching up to 100% of the project cost, with a maximum of £10,000.
At its launch, 28,500 people applied for these vouchers, leaving the "sector struggling to keep up" (Ian Rippin). For application, the government require quotes from 1-3 government installers with the necessary PAS2030 certification. Before work can begin, the voucher must be received & the work must be completed before expiry deadline on March 30th 2021. This limited deadline of only 6 months has proved difficult for many.
It has been noted that the voucher issue dates were delayed, some applicants who applied at the start of October are still waiting to book. Not only this, but many have struggled to find government certified installers, finding their closest to be over 100 miles away. A number of the certified companies have also "found themselves subject to such a volume of enquiries that they have been forced to advise they are no longer accepting those in relation to the grant" (Ian Rippin).
A twitter study found that 84% of those who applied for the grant were unable to find suitable installers. While many want to take advantage of this scheme, they have been growing impatient & frustrated regarding the hurdles they have faced & the short time frame in which to do it.
Many are calling for an extension of this grant, suggesting that the current end date is unfeasible. An extension of this scheme could only improve the energy efficiency of the home & its effect on the environment.