In July 2020 the Chancellor announced a £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme to upgrade homes across England. Under this, £500 million funding will be allocated to Local Authorities through The Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LAD), to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households.
The LAD scheme aims to raise the energy efficiency of low-income and low energy performance homes (those with energy performance certificate (EPC) ratings of E, F, or G, although B and D are also in scope in Phase 1B), including off-gas network homes. The measures are the same as those eligible under the Green Homes Grant (GHG) vouchers scheme. As with the voucher scheme, neither fossil fuel heating (or repairs) nor biomass heating are eligible measures.
According to The Energy Savings Trust, this includes those living in the worst quality off-gas network homes, whilst helping deliver progress towards reducing fuel poverty, the phasing out the installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating, and the UK’s commitment to net-zero by 2050.
Local Authorities in England (individually or as part of a consortium bid with other Local Authorities/partners) can submit bids for funding to improve the energy efficiency of the homes of low-income households in their areas.
Some of the following measures include:
- Solid Wall, Under-floor, Cavity Wall or Roof Insulation
- Air Source or Ground Source Heat Pump (where the home has or is having installed wall and loft insulation)
- Solar Thermal (where the home has or is having installed wall and loft insulation)
- Biomass Boilers