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Green Homes Grant Update

The Green Homes Grant: what you need to know

It has been announced today (29th March 2021) that the Green Homes Grant will be closing its doors to new applicants from 5pm on the 31st March 2021. 

This was originally extended in November 2020 to March 2022, but after backlash from homeowners and professionals in the industry the Government has decided to scrap the incentive. 

Originally coming into force in September 2020, the scheme was implemented to help homeowners install energy-efficient home improvements to help reduce the UKs’ carbon footprint, whilst helping to create jobs for trade professionals in these uncertain times.  

 

Can I still apply for the voucher scheme?

You can only apply for the scheme up until 5pm on the 31st March 2021 and all new applications made before this time will be honored. Any new applications made after this date will not be accepted. Find out more here.

 

What happens if I’ve already applied?

The Government has confirmed that all applications made before the cut off of 5pm 31st March 2021 will be honored. You can find out more details about how to apply and what measures are included in the Green Homes Grant Scheme here.

If you have already received your vouchers, you may apply to have the expiry date extended.

 

Why is the Green Homes Grant Scheme being scrapped?

There has been uncertainty and criticisms about how the scheme has operated from the outset. With only 10% of homes taking up the scheme the decision was made by the Government to scrap it completely from the 31st March 2021 - a whole year earlier than last announced.  

Whilst some homeowners were reluctant to have installers in their home amidst the pandemic, some tradespeople found themselves in high demand.

It is said that the outstanding budget will be allocated to local councils to manage an insulation fund, but there are no details at present as to how and when this insulation fund programme will run.