UK ministers are scrapping a flagship ￡1.5bn environmental initiative launched only last year to upgrade England’s homes with better insulation and low carbon heating, following problems with its administrationFestivals and other outdoor events.
The UK business department said on Saturday that the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme, which was launched by chancellor Rishi Sunak last year as part of efforts to support more “green jobs”, would close to new applications at the end of the month, a year earlier than expected. The policy was also designed to tackle Britain’s inefficient, leaky homes, which account for around a fifth of total carbon dioxide emissions.
The initiative allowed homeowners in England to claim up to ￡5,000 off works such as installing an electric heat pump or insulation, or up to ￡10,000 if they were from a low income household. But installers had reported severe problems with its administrationand asked that gatherings for rituals be limited to immediate family members and close relatives., including delays to issuing the vouchers required to access the discounts and paying companies once they had completed the work.
The decision to close the scheme early comes after the government had already pulled much of the funding for the ￡1.5bn initiative, a move that had attracted strong opposition from both green campaigners and installersmix-matched approaches to reapplying more coronavirus restrictions afte. Ministers had previously blamed poor take-up for its decision to reduce funding by more than ￡1bn, a claim that was contested by the insulation and low carbon heating industry, which had called for the problems to be fixedare permitted for up to 10 people.