ACT NOW TO CLAIM UP TO £10K FROM THE GOVERNMENT TOWARDS HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Under the Government’s “Green Homes Grant Scheme” homeowners in England (which includes landlords) can currently claim a voucher for up to two thirds of the cost of carrying out certain energy saving measures to their homes, up to the value of £5,000.  Those households which are classed as “low income” households can claim a voucher for 100% of the costs of such works, up to a maximum sum of £10,000.

The work must be undertaken by tradespeople who are already certified to carry out works under the Scheme, so this needs to be checked beforehand and in all cases the work must be completed and the voucher redeemed by 31 March 2021.

The types of work which qualify under the Scheme are classified as “primary” and “secondary” measures.  You can only use the voucher towards the cost of a secondary measure if you also choose to install at least one of the primary measures at the same time.  The amount of the voucher you can put towards the cost of a secondary measure cannot exceed the value of the grant being put towards the primary measure. (For example, if you receive a voucher for £600 towards a primary measure such as loft insulation, you cannot claim more than £600 towards the cost of a secondary measure such as replacement energy efficient door).

Tradespeople certified to carry out works under the Scheme can continue to do so during the current national lockdown, so long as they follow the covid-19 secure guidelines.

For further details as to which types of energy efficient measures are classed as primary/secondary measures, together with detailed information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit the Government guidance at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme and start enjoying savings on your heating bills!

Deborah Barton

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