Rumours have been circulating for a while now but, in spite of Government confirmation that it would continue (as recently as just a couple of days ago), the ill fated Green Homes Grant scheme is to be completely axed from the end of March 2021 – a year early!
The original anouncement of the introduction of the scheme was published via the Government website on 4th August 2020. The full details of this anouncement can be accessed here >>>. It was originally due to run for 6 months, this got extended until April 2022 but, in a significant u-turn, it now ends virtually right away with no applications being accepted from 1st April 2021.
In respect of double glazing grants in the UK it was never going to transform the market but, nevertheless it still was providing some support which will be missed. The industry waits to find out what comes next!
Double Glazing Grants – What’s Next In 2021?
The answer to this question is that we don’t know yet. It’s pretty certain that there will be a further Green Homes Grant type scheme but we don’t know what it will be and when it will be launched as yet. We would say it’s unlikey that there will be anything for 2021 though. It’s obvious that the Government will be hugely embarassed by this failure to jump into anything else straight away … they need to make sure the next scheme really does work.
What they have said is that the money they had set aside for the Green Homes Grant scheme in 2021/22 will be allocated to a local authority scheme. This means that some £300m of additional funding goes to local authorities to support home improvements and particularly targetting lower income households.
For that reason you local authority should be your first port of call in respect of double glazing grants UK 2021.
We await to find out what comes next and will keep you informed.
Double Glazing Grants 2021 – Conclusion
Unless you’re within the low income bracket you’re going to struggle to find double glazing grants in 2021. That said the industry is doing a great job itself in providing incentives and supporting the cost on new or replacement double glazing. That means it could still be a great time to buy – interest rates are low, payment can be spread in a ver cost effective way and the industry needs to recover post Covid.
Therefore give your local double glazing companies a call … you may be pleasantly surprised!