The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has warned that “actions speak louder than words” following the early closure of the Green Homes Grant. In a letter addressed to energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, the EAC has called for clarity for contractors and homeowners after the scheme was closed to new applicants last month. It said that while the rationale given for the closure was that the delivery challenges for the scheme has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, evidence from the EAC – including a survey of over 500 households – found no evidence that COVID-19 restrictions had an impact on demand for – or delivery of – the programme. The committee went on to criticise the government for failing to consider recommendations it made in a report sent to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) a week before the scheme was announced to be shuttered.
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Less than £200m of the £2bn of vouchers initially promised under the UK’s Green Homes Grant Scheme has been issued, new official Government figures show. The Green Homes Grant was launched last summer as part of the Government’s broader green recovery approach. It originally had a £2bn budget and was set to help 600,000 UK homes with the cost of retrofitting schemes to improve energy efficiency. But, after claiming that the UK’s retrofitting services sector did not have enough tradespeople qualified to conduct accredited works, and receiving many applications from homes that did not meet the accreditation criteria, the Government pulled £1.5bn of the funding earlier this year. The move proved almost universally unpopular.
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