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Government must honour Green Homes Grants

The National Federation of Builders has called on chancellor Rishi Sunak to honour any outstanding payments to contractors following the cancellation of the Green Homes Grant scheme.

The NFB has already made recommendations on what should come next and how to support a future National Retrofit Strategy.

NFB chief executive Richard Beresford said the GHG would leave a sour taste in the mouths of many, but there were positives. PAS2035 and Retrofit Coordinator roles were now better known qualifications, which industry recognises as a pathway to retrofitting works. 

Training schemes for those works had also been set up. 

The £300m Green Homes Grant reached only about 10 per cent of the 600,000 homes the chancellor had vowed to improve. Money from the scheme will instead now go into a parallel scheme run by local authorities to be targeted at lower-income households.

1 April 2021

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