Hundreds of green home grants issued in the East Riding, new figures show

Hundreds of vouchers for a Government energy-saving scheme were issued to East Riding residents before it was scrapped, figures show.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 11:40 am
Figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show East Riding residents applied for 629 vouchers by the time the scheme was axed at the end of March. Photo: PA Images.

Figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) show East Riding residents applied for 629 vouchers by the time the scheme was axed at the end of March.

Of those, 226 (36%) were issued – including 115 to low-income households.

Under the scheme, £1.5 billion was made available across England for 600,000 vouchers towards paying for measures such as insulation and low-carbon heating in hundreds of thousands of homes.

The TUC union said the green homes grant – which has aided less than 10% of the homes it aimed to nationally – was a lost opportunity to create thousands of jobs and make houses more environmentally friendly.

A BEIS spokeswoman said an additional £300 million has been allocated to local authorities for the green homes scheme.

She added: “All applications received by March 31 will be processed, meaning installations will continue over the coming months, supporting jobs and delivering energy efficiency to homes.”

Article by data reporter Patrick Jack