After concerns over the short length of the Green Homes Grant, Boris Johnson has announced a year-long extension to the scheme.
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The Government's Green Homes Grant scheme has been extended by a year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced today. The extension to the scheme is part of a larger green strategy - a Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, which aims to create 250,000 jobs in Britain.
"The Green Homes Grant scheme gives homeowners and landlords right across the country a cheaper way to make their homes more energy efficient and cut their bills – all while making their contribution to tackling climate change," said Minister for Climate Change Lord Callanan.
"Today’s announcement means an extra year to take advantage of this new scheme, helping households and tradespeople who can plan their workload and create new jobs in their communities. I would urge anyone to visit the Green Homes Grants website and see how they could benefit."
Read more: The Green Homes Grant: how does it work?
Why is the scheme being extended?
The scheme, which was initially scheduled to finish on March 31st 2021, had previously been criticised by key industry figures for its brevity, with concerns over demand for the grant outstripping the supply of skilled labour and little incentive to train new staff down to the looming deadline for work to be completed.
"The extension of the Green Homes Grant for another year is very positive news, and shows that builders’ concerns have been listened to," said Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, Brian Berry.
"This will give the reassurance needed to the building industry to invest in the scheme. Our existing homes contribute 20% of all our carbon emissions and consume 35% of our energy."
While 21,000 registered their interest in the first weeks after the scheme was launched, many found it difficult to secure tradespeople to complete the work within the timeframe required. To qualify to undertake work in relation to the Green Homes Grant, tradespeople need to be TrustMark approved or have used the Micro Certification Scheme (MCS).
How long will the Green Homes Grant run until?
The deadline for vouchers to be issued and work completed has been extended exactly a year, so you'll have until March 31st 2022 to make use of the Green Homes Grant. Green Homes Grant vouchers are valid for 3 months from the date they are issued or until 31 March 2022, whichever is earliest; however, homeowners can request an extension for extenuating circumstances.
Can work be completely during COVID-19 restrictions?
Tradespeople, including Green Homes Grant installers, can continue to work in people's homes under the national restrictions from 5th November. You can still apply for a grant and get the work done. Your installer will follow the COVID-19 Secure guidelines-19 Secure guidelines.
If you would prefer, to minimise contact during national restrictions, you can ask your installer to provide a quote remotely using a video call or detailed photos.
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