The Chancellor has announced a £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme to upgrade homes across England. Under this, £500 million funding will be delivered through local authorities, to improve the energy efficiency of low-income households, including those living in social housing.
This will help reduce fuel poverty and support the installation of low carbon heating. The Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme aims to raise the energy efficiency of low energy performance homes (those rated below EPC Band E), including off-gas grid homes.
The initial phase of the scheme provides £200 million funding for local authorities to upscale existing energy efficiency improvement projects.
A further £300 million will be available in the second phase of the scheme later in 2020 for Local Energy Hubs in England to procure services that support upgrading eligible homes. We will provide more guidance on phase 2 ahead of its launch.
Entering a bid
All local authorities in England eligible to submit a bid should:
• read the application guidance
• attend a Q&A webinar if you think this would be useful (see dates in guidance document linked below)
• complete the application form
• submit the application by 1 September 2020, 12 noon
• Local Authorities will be contacted individually if successful, and the list of successful bids will be published on GOV.UK
• funding will be allocated to successful projects by the end of September 2020
• projects must be completed by 31 March 2021
If you have questions about the process, application form or guidance, please contact LAD.Project@beis.gov.uk.
Please visit the government page here for the most up to date information and application form.
How can Westworks support Local Authorities to gain maximum benefits from this funding?
Westworks has procurement provisions to cover the types of works that these Grants may be used for. The usual benefits of procuring through Westworks will apply to any call-offs and the cost-efficiency of the frameworks will ensure that the maximum amount of works are delivered with the funds available.
The Green Homes Grant will give homeowners and landlords vouchers to install:
- solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
- air source or ground source heat pumps
- solar thermal
In addition, households can use vouchers for further energy-saving measures. These include one or more of the following:
- double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- upgrading to energy efficient doors
- hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls
To ensure that building work is completed to a high standard by accredited tradespeople, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, which is in charge of the scheme, has said that tradespeople must register for TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation to take deliver the works.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01380 710263 to discuss how to compliantly appoint contractors to undertake any of the works listed above.