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EAC comment: National Audit Office report – Green Homes Grant Voucher Scheme

8 September 2021

Commenting on the NAO’s report on the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme, Environmental Audit Committee Chairman, Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, said:

“Although established with good intentions, the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme was a policy made on the hoof without proper consultation. A lack of understanding about installer capacity and limitations in the sector from the Government, along with overambitious deadlines set by the Treasury, meant that the scheme was designed to fail to meet its ambitious targets from the outset. 

“The NAO’s report is a sobering assessment of the failures in the scheme, which might otherwise have kickstarted the drive to tackle the 20% of emissions emanating from the country’s housing stock. I hope the Government will swiftly learn from the errors made in the design and execution of the Green Homes Grant voucher scheme. As my committee has consistently advocated, I trust Ministers will now introduce a simpler scheme of much longer duration, in which both contractors and consumers can have confidence, so we can accelerate our efforts to adapt our homes to achieve Net Zero Britain.”

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