The Independent|January 21, 2022
‘Ill-conceived’ project launched with 600,000 target 

Only 43,000 homes have been made greener by a now-closed government improvement scheme – 7 per cent of the total it was supposed to help. Ministers said green homes grant vouchers would improve the energy effiiency of more than 600,000 houses in England when the initiative launched.

Offiial data shows 43,166 houses have made green changes to their homes using the scheme as of early January, around 10 months after applications closed. In total, 76,600 vouchers for improvements have been issued. Environmental groups said the scheme had been a “failure” and “ill-conceived”, while the Green Party called it a “shambles from the start”.

Under the scheme, homeowners could get vouchers to partially or fully fund green improvements such as insulation, double or triple glazing and low-carbon heating such as heat pumps. The government said these measures could help households save up to £600 a year on energy bills.

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