|The flagship £1.5 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, launched in September 2020 and recently extended into next financial year, is being quietly cut back.
Last week, business minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan admitted that underspend will now not be rolled over into the next financial year, meaning £1.1bn will be cut from the scheme.
Even before this admission, the scheme was plagued with problems. Very little money has actually been paid out, with reports of homeowners facing long delays to receive vouchers and installers owed tens of thousands of pounds for work carried out.
As Labour has said before , the principle behind the scheme is good, but it should go much further in insulating more homes and generating more jobs.
Together with Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband I’ve written to the Business Secretary demanding that the scheme be extended for at least another year. Ministers should urgently speed up payment processing and issuing vouchers. We also want the government to explain why it is cutting this over-subscribed – and urgently needed – scheme.
Thangam Debbonaire MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing and Homelessness