Boris Johnson has extended his government’s Green Homes Grant scheme for a further 12 months after complaints in recent weeks that a lack of Trustmark qualified builders meant completing projects by the original deadline of March next year would be difficult.

In some areas of the UK, landlords seeking Trustmark-registered builders have faced long waits to start work as qualified tradespeople have become booked up far in advance.

Instead, the Prime Minister has said today that home owners and landlords will have until March 2022 to get their projects completed through the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme, which was originally announced in September.

But although landlords now have more time to get the builders in, the original budget has not been extended, remaining at £1.5 billion with a cap of 600,000 properties.

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The scheme funds up to two-thirds of the cost of property improvements with a cap of £5,000.

Work covered by the scheme includes insulation of walls, floors and roofs, upgrading single window glazing to triple, and installing low-carbon heating systems such as heat pumps.

The announcement was made by Johnson today during his ‘Ten point plan for a green industry revolution’ presentation.

“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,” says climate change minister 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.”

Read more about the Green Homes Grant Scheme here
Landlord can apply for a Green Homes Grant here.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Deluded Govt believing it is worthwhile LL improving properties to EPC C status.

    Of course it isn’t worth it.
    To achieve EPC C status ugly and very expensive IWI or EWI is required.

    Better off just selling to an OO who will never be required to achieve EPC C status.

    Cladding a building doesn’t have a very good history!!

    Keep it with non- flammable bricks etc.
    If a bit chilly turn the thermostat up.

    A lot cheaper than achieving EPC C status!

  2. Won’t making properties more energy efficient make the value go up and therefore more cgt to pay? Might not be financially worth doing.

  3. It is also difficult to access if you already have one of the ‘primary’ measures such as the requisite amount of insulation in the walls, but cannot afford to pay £3000 or so for the installation of an air or heat source pump (estimates for installation being from £8000 – £17,000) as insulation and heating are the only ‘primary’ measures available, and you cannot qualify for a ‘secondary’ measure without first qualifying for a ‘primary’ one. Therefore, if you have a large area of single glazing (converted shopfront in conservation area) you cannot get any funding to help install double or secondary glazing, because you do not qualify for a ‘primary’ measure, only a ‘secondary’ one. So we have to either find a minimum of £3000 (impossible) or go without. So it isn’t much use. In a Victorian townhouse converted to 5 flats, we can get no work done at all! We could in theory have loft insulation installed, but cannot get access to the flat with the loft, and anyway, having loft insulation at the top of the building does not qualify us for glazing at the bottom of the building, as the flats are technically separate dwellings. The thing has really not been thought through very carefully by the highly-paid persons who dwelt upon it.

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