The government has extended its Green Homes Grant scheme, which gives landlords and homeowners vouchers to fund green home improvements, by one year until March 2022.
The extension was announced this morning as part of prime minister Boris Johnson’s ten point plan for a ‘green industrial revolution’.
The extension will be welcomed by industry experts, who expressed concerns that the scheme’s previous end date of March 2021 would not give workers enough time to carry out improvements.
The prime minister said: “Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, I haven’t lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up across the country. My ten point plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050.
“Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales.”
The Green Homes Grant, launched on 30 September, allows homeowners and residential landlords to apply for vouchers towards the cost of installing green home improvements.
Under the scheme, the government will fund up to two-thirds of the cost of works such as low-carbon heating installation and loft and wall insulation, up to a maximum of £5,000.
£1.5 billion of the scheme will be handed out through vouchers. Meanwhile, the remaining £500 million was assigned to local authorities to provide improvements for households with incomes below £30,000, including social homes.
The scheme is intended to support over 100,000 green jobs in construction and make over 600,000 homes more energy efficient.
As part of its plan to improve the energy efficiency of homes and public buildings, the government has now confirmed that it intends to spend £1 billion next year on extending the Green Homes Grant and the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.
The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, worth £1 billion at its launch, providers grants to public bodies to fund energy efficiency improvements to non-domestic public buildings.
The government has not yet confirmed whether the £1 billion it refers to is additional funding or whether the two schemes will be allocated the same amount of funding.
Other parts of the ten point plan announced today include producing enough offshore wind to power every home, ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, and developing the UK’s first town heated entirely by hydrogen.
The government intends to invest £12 billion into the plan to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK.