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Green Deal Home Improvement Fund closes after 7 weeks

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GDHIF-300x86The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has been closed indefinitely after only seven weeks by The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc).

Due to ‘overwhelming demand’ the incentive package has reached it’s budget of £120 million, despite being only launched in June.

Any applications already made that satisfy the criteria will be honored at the original rates offered.

Amber Rudd, parliamentary under secretary of state for energy and climate change, said: “The GDHIF is a world first and in a short space of time it has proved extremely popular.

“We were always clear there was a budget which is why we encouraged people to act quickly.

“As a result, thousands more families will now benefit from Government help to have warmer homes which use less energy.”

Shadow climate change minister Jonathan Reynolds said: “This is a shocking act of incompetence by Government Ministers.
“A fund that was supposed to last the year, and compensate for the cuts to energy efficiency measures announced last December, has run out after just six weeks.”

The Green Deal was created to work alongside the energy company obligation (Eco), to not only help improve the energy efficiency of the UK housing stock, reducing energy demand and energy bills, but also to help keep the costs for the suppliers of installing energy efficiency measures under Eco low.

Richard Twinn, policy and public affairs officer at the UK Green Building Council, said: “The sudden and immediate closure of this fund is another setback for the energy efficiency industry because companies have specifically geared up to market and deliver through this scheme.

“These constant changes are not helpful to industry. We now need urgent clarity as to whether Government will bring forward any more money to ensure continuity of Green Deal work.

“This does demonstrate that we need long-term drivers, not short term pots of cash to avoid this continual cycle of boom and bust.”




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