Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme
The Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme is being launched in September 2020 and will be available to homeowners and private tenants in England. Everyone is entitled to a £5,000 voucher that will cover up to two thirds of the cost of insulation, low carbon heating and glazing.
Those with a low income in receipt of certain benefits, tax credits or allowances will be able to claim the full cost of improvements up to a maximum of £10,000. Many of the improvements will therefore be free of charge to those in this group.
At least one primary measure must be approved first before any secondary measures can be considered. The primary measures consist of home insulation and low carbon heating and the secondary measures include glazing and heating controls/insulation.
Which measures can be installed?
You must have one of the following primary measures approved under the scheme before you can qualify for a secondary measure:
- Cavity wall insulation
- Solid wall insulation (internal or external)
- Loft insulation
- Room in roof insulation
- Flat roof insulation
- Under-floor insulation
- Park home insulation
Low Carbon Heating:
- Air source heat pump
- Ground source heat pump
- Solar thermal
- Biomass pellet boiler
Once a primary measure has been identified, the following secondary measures can be considered. Note that they can only be up to the same value of the primary measure, so for example if you receive £1,000 towards cavity wall insulation, then you will be entitled to £1,000 towards a secondary measure.
Windows & Doors:
- Draught proofing
- Double/triple glazing (to replace single glazed units)
- Secondary glazing (if single glazing is already installed)
- Energy efficient doors (to replace doors fitted before 2002)
Heating controls and insulation:
- Appliance thermostats
- Hot water tank thermostats
- Hot water tank insulation
- Smart heating controls
- Zone controls
- Delayed start thermostat
- Thermostatic radiator valves
Who qualifies for a £5,000 voucher?
The main criteria to be eligible for a 66% grant, up to a maximum of £5,000 is as follows:
- Property is in England
- Owner-occupiers (including leaseholders and those in shared ownership properties)
- Private landlords (so tenants can apply)
- Social landlords (including Local Authority properties)
- Park home owners (including traveller sites)
The property cannot be a new-build and must be a domestic residence.
Who qualifies for a £10,000 voucher?
To qualify for a 100% grant up to a maximum of £10,000, the property must be in England and someone in the household will need to receive one of the following:
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Child Tax Credits
- Disability Living Allowance
- Employment & Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- Jobseekers allowance
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Personal Independence Payment
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
Only owner occupiers and park home residents will qualify for the £10,000 voucher. Landlords are not eligible for this part of the scheme but they will be entitled to a £5,000 voucher.
What if you don't qualify?
All home owners and landlords in England qualify for at least a £5,000 voucher that will pay for 66% of the energy efficient upgrades listed. Anyone who is not entitled to the £10,000 voucher that can cover the entire cost of the work may be entitled to a grant through ECO as the benefit list is slightly different.
Those living in Scotland and Wales do not qualify for the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme but support may be available through ECO if someone living in the property receives a qualifying benefit.
If you are not entitled to a grant, EnergyLink can still arrange for you to receive a free, no-obligation survey and quote. Finance options may also be available to help you spread the cost of the work.
How can EnergyLink help?
When the scheme starts in September, EnergyLink will be able to put you in touch with a local installer who is registered with the Trustmark quality assurance scheme and accredited to the PAS2030/2035 standard.
The appointed installer will carry out a free, no-obligation survey of your home. Surveys will be carried out by Retrofit Assessors who will produce an RdSAP assessment, a detailed floor plan, a condition report and an occupancy assessment before recommending which measures are suitable and how much funding you qualify for.
If you are happy to proceed, the installer will help you to claim the grant voucher and arrange a date for the works to be carried out. If you are required to contribute towards the cost, this amount will be payable upon completion.
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