Government Announces End of Funding for the Green Deal
On 23 July 2015 the government announced that it will cease funding for the Green Deal scheme, a programme launched in 2013 with the aim of improving energy efficiency in homes across the UK. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has explained that funding is being stopped to protect taxpayers after the scheme's low take up and concerns about industry standards.
What happens to anyone currently using the Green Deal?
DECC has stated that 'This decision has no impact on existing Green Deal Finance Plans or existing Green Deal Home Improvement Fund applications and vouchers.' If you currently repay Green Deal loans through your bills, you will need to continue doing this. For anyone with existing applications or vouchers, these will not be affected either (although you must ensure you use your voucher on or before its expiry date).
The government has also clarified that 'The latest 'two measures' offer will close to applications on 30 September 2015 or when the remaining £4 million of funding run out - whichever happens sooner' in regards to the Home Improvement Fund.
Will the ECO scheme be affected?
No, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will not be affected by these changes. There is still time to get a grant towards a new energy efficient boiler or insulation for your home if you meet the criteria outlined by the government.
How else can I pay for a new boiler?
Although DECC has said it is looking to create a new 'value for money approach', there has been no announcement of a scheme to substitute the Green Deal. Replacing your boiler can save you up to £320 per year on energy bills, so it is certainly still worth exploring other grants and payment methods.
As mentioned above, the ECO scheme is still providing free grants but if you don't qualify for this funding there are other options available. Getting a boiler on finance is a great way to benefit from a new boiler if you don't have the means to pay for it all at once – you can apply for a boiler on finance using our simple online form. Alternatively if you can pay for a boiler upfront, we recommend comparing quotes from reputable installers to ensure you get the best possible price.
Further information on the end of funding to the Green Deal can be found in this Gov.uk press release.