Green Homes Grant scheme

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The Green Homes Grant Scheme

The new Green Homes Grant scheme will see the government fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements of over 600,000 homes, supporting over 100,000 jobs in green construction.

Tradespeople must register for TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation to take part in the scheme, which will cover green home improvements ranging from insulation of walls, floors and roofs, to the installation of low-carbon heating, like heat pumps or solar thermal.

The government is today setting out further details of the range of measures included and how consumers in England will be able to claim the new vouchers, which are worth up to £5,000 for homeowners. Households on low income can receive vouchers covering 100% of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000.

Later this month, homeowners across England will be able to access advice and support on improving the energy efficiency of their homes from the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) service. SEA will suggest appropriate home improvements that homeowners may be able to apply for support in funding.

Households will be offered a list of approved TrustMark and MCS registered tradespeople in their local area to carry out the work. Once the works are agreed, vouchers will start to be issued from the end of September so work can commence.

Example Scenario: If a homeowner of a semi-detached or end-terrace installed cavity wall and floor insulation, costing around £4,000, the homeowner would pay just £1,320 with the government paying £2,680. (Rounded up at 67%)

£4000 – 66.666% (two-thirds) = £2666.64 Government paying.

Green Home Grant

Primary Measures

“Top ups” are allowed (e.g. additional loft insulation up to the recommended level, solid wall insulation for other walls where a wall has been previously insulated), but replacements are not included.

So long as there is at least one primary measure in the package of works, households will also be able to install secondary measures. Secondary measures can only be subsidised up to the amount of subsidy provided for primary measures. (e.g. if a household receives £1,000 for primary measures, they can only receive a maximum of £1,000 towards secondary measures).

Solid Wall Insulation

Cavity Wall Insulation

Under-floor Insulation

Loft Insulation

Flat Roof Insulation

Room in Roof Insulation

Park Home Insulation

Low Carbon Heat Measures

Air Source Heat Pump

Ground Source Heat Pump

Solar Thermal

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Secondary Measures

Draught Proofing

Windows and Doors: Double/Triple Glazing (Where Replacing Single Glazing)

Secondary Glazing (In Addition to Single Glazing)

Energy Efficient Doors (Where Replacing Doors Installed Prior To 2002)

Heating Controls & Insulation

Appliance Thermostats, Hot Water Tank Thermostats, Hot Water Tank Insulation, Smart Heating Controls, Zone Controls, Delayed Start Thermostat, Thermostatic Radiator Valves For low-carbon heating to be installed. Households will need to have adequate insulation (e.g. wall and loft, where applicable). These can be installed as part of a package – they do not have to already be in situ.

Green Homes Grant

Eligibility

For the general scheme, the following properties are eligible:

All owner-occupied homes (including long-leaseholders, shared ownership)

Landlords of private rented sector domestic properties

Landlords of social sector domestic properties (including LA owned homes)

Park home owners (for residential sites including Gypsy and Traveller sites)

New-build domestic properties and non-domestic properties are not eligible

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Low Income Scheme

For the low-income scheme, only owner-occupied properties and park homes are eligible. Households receiving income-based or disability benefits would be eligible for a fully funded package of measures.

Eligibility for low-income scheme: You qualify for the Green Home Grants low-income scheme if you receive at least one of the following benefits:

Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)

Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)

Income Support (IS)

Pension Guarantee Credit Working Tax Credit (WTC)

Child Tax Credits (CTC)

Universal Credit (UC)

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Attendance Allowance

Carer’s Allowance

Severe Disablement Allowance

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Contribution based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)

Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)

Housing benefit

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