Challenges and Criticisms of the Green Homes Grant
Despite the numerous benefits of the Green Homes Grant, there have been challenges and criticisms surrounding the scheme:
Limited availability of TrustMark-registered installers in some regions.
Although the Green Homes Grant failed, you can apply for ECO4 that offers some of the home improvements included in GHG, subject to availability.
Why did the Green Homes Grant fail
Despite its ambitious objectives and initial positive response, the scheme faced various challenges, ultimately leading to its closure in March 2021.
One of the primary reasons for the Green Homes Grant’s failure was the complexity of its administration. The scheme was administered by a US-based firm, ICF, which faced criticism for its slow processing of applications and voucher issuance.
Many homeowners experienced long delays in receiving vouchers, causing frustration and a lack of confidence in the scheme. This inefficiency resulted in a significant backlog of applications and a reduced uptake of the available funding.
The Green Homes Grant failed due to several factors, including administrative complexities, a shortage of accredited installers, poor communication and guidance, restrictive eligibility criteria, uneven funding distribution, and a lack of long-term planning which did not help in reducing energy bills. The COVID-19 pandemic’s economic challenges further exacerbated these issues, leading to the scheme’s closure just six months after its launch.
The Green Homes Grant was a valuable initiative aimed at promoting energy saving, reducing carbon emissions, energy bills and supporting the UK’s green economy. By understanding the eligibility criteria, the types of improvements covered, and the application process, homeowners and private landlords could maximise the benefits of the scheme and contribute to a greener future.
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The ECO4 grant has launched in April 2022. The applications are now open so hurry if you don’t want to miss out on free home upgrades before the scheme is gone like Green Homes Grant.