Update to Green Homes Grant
January 7, 2021
Last year the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a £2 billion green homes grant scheme.
The scheme is designed to help homeowners cut their energy bills. As a result, the new Green Homes Grant will cover up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements. Which includes, insulation, heat pumps and solar thermal. In addition, households can use their voucher for further energy saving measures. These include; double or triple glazing (when replacing single glazing), upgrading doors, hot water tank, thermostats or heating controls.
You can read the full story we posted last year here: Go Green
We also followed this up in November to tell you about the extension of the scheme. The full details can be found here: Extension to Green Homes Grant
Updates to the Installer Terms and Conditions
There are a few changes to the terms and conditions which could affect you, the installer. They are small changes that came into effect on the 4th January 2021.
The key updates are:
- Subcontractors are no longer required to be TrustMark registered and PAS or MCS certified. Any subcontracted work must be carried out in accordance with the relevant PAS or MCS requirements with regards to subcontracting.
- When a voucher expires before it is redeemed due to a ‘Customer default’, the definition of what constitutes ‘Customer default’ has been expanded. It now includes the event that a Customer fails to comply with reasonable obligations imposed by the Installer-Customer contract, thereby preventing the Installer from completing the installation at least seven days before the voucher expires.
- Where you provide a quote to a Customer for eligible improvement works, the price must not include any cost of supplying the quote itself.
- If charging a low income Customer for a deposit, it must only relate to additional work (beyond the £10,000 grant limit) that is not covered by a voucher.
- Where a Customer contribution is required by the Scheme, that contribution is a condition of voucher eligibility. Accepting non-payment, paying this yourself or providing cashback are not permitted and would result in voucher cancellation.
- Installers must not submit an application on behalf of a Customer under any circumstances.
Where you can get the full detail
The full Terms and conditions can be found on the gov.uk website; Terms and Conditions