After numerous problems in its implementation, the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme was cancelled on March 31 with little warning.
In principle it was an admirable scheme, with swathes of landlords keen to secure financial help in making properties more energy efficient. But they will be left hugely disappointed with the news of its cancelation.
“The scheme was designed to provide a short-term economic boost while tackling our contribution to climate change. Applications made before the end of March deadline will be honoured and any vouchers already issued may be extended upon request.” said the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The government gave no indication as to whether the Green Homes Grant would be replaced by new incentives for landlords to promote energy efficiency.
A lack of 'TrustMark' contractors resulting in the slow progress of the scheme was one of the biggest criticisms as although there were more than 123,000 applications for the grant by the end of February, only 28,000 vouchers had been issued and just 5,800 energy efficiency measures had been installed.
Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business and Energy Secretary, says: “Upgrading the country’s homes with energy efficiency measures means we can cut emissions and save people money on their energy bills.”