Solid wall insulation funding slashed amid enthusiastic take up of incentive scheme
Posted by Tasha Kosviner on 25 July 2014 at 8:57 am
UPDATE: The government has announced that applications to the green deal home improvement fund have closed with immediate effect.
Following a ‘surge in applications’ over the last two days, the GDHIF budget was reached and breached and in a surprise move, the government last night pulled the plug.
All eligible applications received prior to the closure of the fund will still be honoured.
The move follows an announcement two days ago, reported on below, that the fund for solid wall insulation would be slashed from £6,000 to £4,000 per household as payouts made under the fund neared £50m. But this led to a ‘surge in applications’ which apparently meant that the £120m fund was suddenly emptied. We will be investigating!
If you’re considering solid wall insulation and you’d like to take advantage of government incentives, now’s the time to act.
The amount of cash available to help individual households pay for solid wall insulation has been slashed from £6,000 to £4,000 following enthusiastic take-up of the scheme.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that £120m green deal home improvement scheme has seen £43m worth of vouchers issued in the first six weeks. They are cutting the subsidies to ensure that as many households as possible can take advantage of the scheme before the cash runs out.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change, Amber Rudd, said:
“Green Deal Home Improvement Fund vouchers have been flying out of the door. We’re delighted that so many families are already making the most of this very generous offer.
“Changes announced today ensure even more households can benefit from warmer homes using less energy. There’s up to £120 million in the pot this year, but it won’t be around forever so act now.”
From today (July 25 2014) new applicants to the GDHIF can receive up to £4,000 for solid wall insulation, up to £1000 for installing two measures from the approved list and up to £100 refund on the cost of a green deal assessment.
The approved list includes a replacement condensing gas boiler, double glazing, secondary glazing, replacement doors, cavity wall insulation, floor insulation, flat roof insulation, room-in-roof insulation, repalcement warm air units, replacement storage heaters and waste water heat recovery units. Flue gas heat recovery units are currently also allowed although they will be removed from the list on 5 August 2014.
DECC said that it had received 12,200 applications for GDHIF funding from 7.925 households in England and Wales. They expect the total value of vouchers issued to top £50m in the next few days. The scheme was designed so rates could be guaranteed for the first £50m after which changes could be brought in to ensure widespread uptake of the scheme for as long as the funds lasted.
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