Green Homes Grants Extended until 2022

The government has announced that the Green Homes Grant scheme will be extended until 2022 so homeowners have more time to claim these vouchers worth up to £5,000 to go towards making our homes more energy-efficient.

Green Homes Grants Extended until 2022

Launched in September this year as part of the Covid-recovery and job creation plan, it was due to end on 31st March 2021 but has now been extended until 2022.

A key reason behind the decision to extend was the issue of homeowners not being able to find installers to complete energy-efficiency work on their homes with such a short deadline, rendering the scheme useless.

How the extension will work for homeowners

Most homeowners will still be able to claim vouchers worth up to £5,000 which is supposed to cover up to two-thirds of the costs. However, if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be able to claim up to £10,000 in vouchers to cover the entire costs.

Once the vouchers are issued, they will be valid for three months or until 31st March 2022 or whichever one is sooner. Homeowners can apply for an extension if you can provide a valid reason why they couldn't be used in the allocated time-frame.

How many homes will benefit from the Green Home Grants?

It's believed the Green Homes Grant Scheme will help over 600,000 households cut their energy bills, mainly through insulation, draught-proofing, double-glazing and low carbon heating.

The majority of people that take advantage of these grants will only receive funding for part of their energy improvements, but households on low incomes could be eligible to have the full cost of their work covered, up to a value of £10,000.

Low-income households need to be in receipt of at least one of these benefits in order to claim the full £10,000 amount:

  • Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
  • Income based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC) Universal Credit (UC)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Contribution based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
  • Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Housing benefit

How to apply for the Green Homes Grant

You can apply for one of these grants directly on the official Green Homes Grant website.

There is a checklist of things you need to do before you apply for the grant. It's all pretty straight-forward.

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