The government’s Green Homes Grant has come in for more criticism today, this time from parliamentary Environmental Audit Select Committee.

Its report published today heavily criticises the administration of the scheme, which official figures show only six percent of the budget assigned for the grants in 2020/21 has actually been spent.

Also, only 20,000 vouchers have been issued out of a expected 600,000 five months after the £2 billion scheme launched.

Although well intentioned, the Green Homes Grant has failed in a key objective, the committee said, which had been to create more green jobs within the construction and other trades during the pandemic.

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As LandlordZONE revealed recently, the scheme has been dogged by weak landlord demand, teething troubles and scarce tradespeople.

Among a survey by the Environmental Select Committee of over 500 people who had tried to access a grant, a ‘worrying’ 86% described a poor experience.

Perverse consequences

“Delivery has been poor for consumers and has led to perverse consequences for installers, and the scheme remains too short-term to have any prospect of achieving its initial targets,” says its report says.

“We recommend that the Green Homes Grant scheme be urgently overhauled and extended to provide greater long-term stimulus to the domestic energy efficiency sector.

“The Government must be mindful not to repeat the mistakes of the failed Green Deal energy efficiency incentive scheme.”

The NRLA, which recently conducted its own investigation into the scheme, says that although 43% of landlords want to take it up, many are prevented from doing so by the criteria that it requires them to meet.

This includes that homeowners must install primary measures before receiving the same funding towards secondary measures.

“We agree with the Select Committee that the eligibility criteria for the scheme is preventing many from being able to access it and Ministers need to address this as a matter of urgency,” says Meera Chindooroy, the NRLA’s Deputy Policy Director (pictured).

Read the report in full.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Not only is the grant difficult to access but LLs are shooting in the dark at a moving target over what measures they should be taking to improve their properties. Most of us have an eye to the likely imposition of EPC C in 2025 or soon after, but the opaque nature of the EPC assessment together with constant tweaks of the algorithm, its inconsistent application and its preference for a carbon fuel (gas) over a clean energy (electricity) leaves us scratching our heads over what we should really be doing. If like me, you believe the EPC system is flawed and unfair, please sign my petition. You can find it here:

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/559700

  2. If its implement and grants by 2021 then the people of the Green Home can benefit of this project. In fact since the structure was made years ago it should take a wide renovation to attract more people to come

  3. I think there’s of issue Freeholder dominion whereby a LH LL.might like make improvements to glazing insulation but cannot unless its deemed necessary by the FH as it would otherwise be a LH contravention.

  4. Why is it that only rented properties are being targeted for EPC improvements? – Don’t the other 75% of properties cause any pollution then? It’s a joke. If people really cared about the planet then every single property should be forced to meet the same energy standards. If the owners cannot afford to do this then they should be forced to sell to someone that can afford to. That is what landlords are forced to do so why not every property owner too? Oh yeah, because they only want regulation to save the planet if someone else is paying – they don’t really care actually.

    • There are plans afoot to force mortgage lenders ensure their portfolio of lending is balanced towards mortgages for homes with higher EPC ratings. This has caused an uproar since there will be a lot of home owners who will end up paying higher rates if their home has a poor EPC, or even people being refused mortgages leading to mortgage prisoners.

      The whole EPC situation is a debacle It is driven by a government trying to demonstrate its green credentials, but they are being far too aggressive with their timeframes. Given the UK produces less than 1% of global emissions and a carbon neutral target of 2050, why pile on all this pressure so early. Surely slow and steady will win the race.

  5. I would defo have been interested. But in my case, solid wall without cavity, the only way to raise it from low D to C is both an increase in loft insulation (requiring boarded floor to be lifted) and internal wall insulation. How are you supposed to perform internal wall insulation while tenants are leaving in it. Not going to give them a section 21 just to have it done. And when they’ll eventually leave, it will be too late to benefit from it. Another ill-planned measure not taking into account real life.

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