Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Launches
New scheme could see households given £7,600 cashback for carrying out energy efficiency improvements to their home
You can find more information on the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund on our dedicated guide page.
The new initiative is a response to criticisms that the Green Deal’s previous itineration was too complicated and didn’t attract enough people. Only 2,439 Green Deal plans were in progress at the end of April this year.
Households which sign up to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will be able to claim a maximum of £7,600 cashback for installing energy efficiency improvements such as double glazing, insulation and new boilers.
About £120m has been earmarked for the GDHIF and the money will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
New deal: ‘much more generous […] much simpler’
In an interview with the Guardian, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “I think it’s much more generous. It’s also much simpler. We did a lot of research on what consumers would react to, to make their homes warmer and cheaper to run.
“Research also showed that people liked the ‘pick two from a list and get £1,000’ approach. We’ve gone for things that people most want – a new boiler, double glazing, cavity wall insulation.”
Critics blast scheme
Critics of this new phase of the Green Deal have argued that the government is investing too much in a scheme which has so far failed to live up to expectations.
Director at the Taxpayers’ Alliance John O’Connell labelled the initiative a “damp squib”, and added, “it’s disappointing the government feels the need to throw more money at it when there’s no indication it will be any more successful.”
Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister labelled the initiative “a total flop”.