England's green and pleasant land

Overseas Property | 15 Oct 2020

England's green homes Grant scheme, proposed by UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak in July, was launched last month, allowing owners to apply for vouchers worth up to 5,000 (HK$50,578) for energy-efficient home improvements.

Homes in England - including long leaseholders and those with shared ownership; park homes on residential sites, including gypsy and traveler sites; and residential landlords in the private or social rented sector, including local authorities and housing associations - will all be eligible. However, new builds that are not yet occupied will not be accepted.

The home improvements are split into "primary" and "secondary" measures. The vouchers must be used to install at least one primary measure to help cover the cost of any secondary measures.

Primary measures include insulation measures such as solid wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, under floor insulation, loft insulation, flat roof insulation, pitched roof insulation, room in roof insulation and insulating a park home. Low-carbon heating measures are also included.

Secondary measures, which cannot exceed the amount received for primary measures, involve draught-proofing, double or triple glazing, door replacements and heating control measures.

The vouchers will cover two thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum of 5,000.

A low-income scheme is also available for those already receiving certain benefits. They may be eligible for a voucher covering 100 percent of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of 10,000.

The vouchers will be valid for three months from the date they are issued or until March 31. Vouchers must be redeemed before the validity period ends.

The government predicts that around 600,000 residential units will benefit from the Green Homes Grant scheme.

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