NRLA responds to scrapping of Green Homes Grants

29 Mar 2021 03:38 PM

Following the government’s decision to end the Green Homes Grant, the NRLA urges the government to adopt a more long-term approach to upgrading properties to meet its zero-carbon target by 2050.

The scrapping of the grants follows a range of well-documented challenges which have emerged following the introduction of the scheme. Many private rented sector landlords were unable to take advantage of the scheme due to the initial short deadline, continued problems with finding Trustmark accredited installers, and eligibility issues regarding the primary and secondary measures. 

Responding to this announcement, Meera Chindooroy, Deputy Director, Campaigns, Public Affairs & Policy yesterday said:  

“The government’s decision to scrap the Green Homes Grants, proves that a new, long-term plan for upgrading properties is needed. 

“The NRLA have consistently called for further funding to be made available to help landlords to go above and beyond the legal minimum of energy efficiency measures set out by the Government for the PRS. 

“One way for the government to ensure it avoids the pitfalls which have affected the Green Homes Grant scheme is to consider the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) latest recommendations.  

“In our view the EAC’s report, which features several NRLA recommendations, can provide a useful starting point for a longer-term strategy to energy efficiency.” 

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