The Green Homes Grant voucher scheme was outlined by the Chancellor to fund and help bring work to UK businesses that have suffered because of earlier lock down measures. It will help home owners insulate their homes and improve their green credentials, in a very short period until the end of March 2021.
The details of the scheme are not yet available.
Vouchers are intended as a subsidy of two thirds (possibly more) of the value of an insulation project.
Extraglaze will tick the following boxes:
- being an accredited supplier (via Trading Standards - we believe this is the necessary qualification for us to participate in the scheme, but actually the criteria remains nebulous)
- we can insulate windows.
The BBC News article shared at the bottom of this article provides scepticism. The key issues are in the timescales. Extraglaze is likely to side with it, because the scheme will take time to get up and running. In the context of the rushed timescale the recruitment & training phase for "qualified retrofit coordinators" can only be lengthy. Then these people have to visit (yours and hundreds of thousands of homes, schools, businesses, etc) then make their recommendations, and approve your plans, etc. There will of course be a queue to join and a wait in line. Can this work, all before March?
“For anyone wishing to install secondary glazing before this winter... we think the scheme will introduce delays for those who hoped to be ready before this winter. Anyone bringing forward their timescale (understandably) from winter 2021/22 and beyond into this year will join and therefore lengthen the queue, setting some people back.
“There is the possibility that the government's retrofit coordinators will prioritise other measures over secondary glazing , in other words owners that have identified secondary glazing as their priority might be told the vouchers are better spent on other works instead. This might raise some disappointment and even contention.
“Will home owners benefit? Some will of course. Many will not, especially the vulnerable who consequently go through another winter waiting for a grant to come through. Elderly and shielded individuals might suffer unnecessarily – we can only hope otherwise.
“Will Extraglaze benefit? Perhaps, but realistically March will fly past.”
This article is our understanding of the scheme at the time of writing 16/07/2020 and may not be entirely accurate. For the best and more comprehensive details please look for more recent articles published by the UK government and in the news. Do not confuse the scheme with the Green Deal scheme.