Green Homes Grant Scheme in urgent need of change say landlords
17 Feb 2021 10:12 PM
Responding to concerns raised by the Environmental Audit Select Committee that money not spent on the Government’s Green Homes Grant scheme will not be rolled over to next year, Meera Chindooroy, Deputy Policy Director for the National Residential Landlords Association yesterday said:
“Our own survey data shows that 43 per cent of landlords are interested in applying for a grant and there is clear appeal in the potential of the scheme to ensure the energy efficiency improvements we all want to see.
“Given that just six per cent of the budget assigned for the grants in 2020/21 has actually been spent, the scheme is simply failing to achieve the results Ministers had hoped. 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.”
In its report out yesterday the Environmental Audit Committee notes that:
“The Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme opened for applications on 30th September. In November 2020 we conducted a survey to find out how easy it had been for home improvers to access. In total, 510 people responded to the survey. Alarmingly, 86% of those responding to the survey had had a poor experience with the process, although just over half applying had found the Green Homes Grant eligibility calculator helpful. The eligibility criteria, however, prevented many from being able to access vouchers for the measures they required: homeowners must install primary measures before receiving the same funding towards secondary measures.”
It goes on to say:
“We welcome the intention behind the Government’s Green Homes Grant. It is disappointing that the administration of the scheme appears to be putting green jobs at risk, rather than creating them. 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. 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 Environmental Audit Select Committee report can be accessed here
- The NRLA’s Q4 2020 member survey asked if respondents would be interested in applying for a Green Homes Grant.
- The Government set aside £1.5 billion for the scheme in 2020/21 and £320 million for 2021/22
- Further information on the NRLA's Green Homes Grant campaign can be found here