New Deadline for Voucher Extensions under the Green Homes Grant
20th July 2021
The Green Homes Grant Scheme was brought in by the government in September 2020, to support economic resilience following the COVID-19 pandemic for a green industrial revolution. The scheme offered homeowners vouchers of up to £5,000 to spend on energy-saving home improvements, with low-income households eligible for vouchers of up to £10,000.
The scheme closed to new applicants on March 31st, 2021. However, it has since come to our attention that vouchers issued with an end date between now and the end of October, that are unlikely to have their installation completed by their end date, will need the voucher owner to apply for an extension before the end of this month.
We would strongly advise our installers to check the end date on every voucher they are hoping to utilise as part or full payment for an installation and ask the customer to request an extension if the likely installation completion date is after the voucher is due to lapse. The customer needs to do this before the end of this month.
Important Information to Remember
- The scheme closed to new voucher applications on the 31st March.
- The deadline for an installation to be completed is the 31st October if it is to attract a voucher.
- Even then the customer must have applied for and have been granted an extension before the 31st July. Extension requests received after 31 July may be granted in more limited circumstances.
- For the majority of vouchers, extension requests may be granted only if work has started on the voucher measure. Vouchers will be extended by 90 days or until the 31st October, whichever is sooner.
- There are risks if a voucher is due to lapse, especially if the work is not going to be completed by the 31st October.
- There might be a chance to achieve an extension to the end of November, but installers should not rely on that.
- ‘Work already started’ means that the paperwork process has begun, and the installation has been registered with the scheme administrator. It does not mean that the actual installation itself needs to have been started. If the paperwork is not in place and the installation hasn’t been registered, then vouchers are unlikely to be extended.