Steve Brine quizzed the Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth on the future progress of the Government’s Green homes schemes.
Winchester’s MP picked up on the Green Homes Grant, which whilst it was accessible individuals could access vouchers covering up to two-thirds of the cost of their chosen improvements, with a maximum government contribution of £5,000. This could be up to 100% and £10,000 is some cases.
The Green Homes Grant closed for all, who had not already applied, on 31st March.
Mr Brine said in the Commons; “The retro-fitting of existing housing stock, has to be a key component of our Net Zero drive. We've had the Green Deal and we've had the Green Homes Grant; I think the most diplomatic way of putting it is that neither have realise their full potential.
So, can I ask the Minister, what comes next and when might we have sight of that?”
Anne-Marie Trevelyan responded; “The Government is continuing to fund a number of schemes as part of its commitment to retro-fit homes to cut energy bills for the poorest households and make them greener on that path to Net Zero.
The Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, which is supporting projects to install energy efficiency measures for low-income households has already provided £500 million for local authorities and low-income households across England, being delivered up till the end of this year.
In June of this year we launched the Sustainable Warmth Competition, enabling local authorities to apply for further funding under £200 million Local Authority Delivery Phase 3 Scheme.”
Steve Brine has recently taken on the roll as a Net Zero Champion for Green Homes, as part of the Conservative Environment Network's new programme. The MP will join other conservative colleagues in campaigning on retrofits and energy efficiency.