Government extends Green Homes Grant deadline by 12 months
23rd November 2020
The Prime Minister has extended the deadline for landlords to complete works covered by the scheme from March of next year to 2022.
The grant, which was announced in September, covers up to £10,000 worth of eco-friendly energy improvements for homeowners including landlords.
This includes measures such as installing insulation for energy efficiency, low carbon heating or smart heating controls.
However many homeowners have complained about the tight deadline, which meant those eligible would have to redeem their vouchers and complete any works by March 2021.
Installations must be carried out by TrustMark-registered contractors, who must also have registered for the scheme.
But some homeowners across the UK have found that TrustMark builders have been booked up far in advance, meaning even if they are eligible for the scheme they cannot complete any projects on time.
With a year’s extension, the government hopes the policy will be fully realised and help the country’s green industry revolution.
Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change, Lord Callanan, said: “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.
"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."