Why traders must sign up to work on £2bn Green Homes Grant scheme

Traders are being urged to sign up to government-backed accreditation to install insulation and other energy saving measures in homes as part of a £2billion grant scheme.

The Green Homes Grant will offer more than 600,000 households in England up to £10,000 to update measures such as insulation, heat pumps and double glazing to cut bills, tackle greenhouse gas emissions and boost jobs.

The energy efficiency scheme, which is part of moves to ensure a “green recovery” from the pandemic, could support more than 100,000 jobs, ministers say.

But tradespeople must register for TrustMark or MCS accreditation before being considered for work, to give consumers confidence it will be of high quality.



Vouchers worth up to £5,000 will be available to proeprty owners, including private and social landlords, while those on low incomes can receive vouchers covering all costs up to £10,000.

Under the programme, householders will be able to access help from the Simple Energy Advice service, which will suggest appropriate measures starting in September.

Homeowners will be able to get vouchers for solid wall, under-floor, cavity or roof insulation, air or ground source heat pumps, and solar thermal systems.

Vouchers will also be available to replace single glazing with double or triple glazing, heating controls and upgrading to energy efficient doors.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “The Green Homes Grant is a vital part of our plan for jobs as we secure the UK’s economic recovery from coronavirus.

“This is going to be a green recovery with concern for our environment at its heart. It will help to protect and create jobs, while also saving people money and cutting carbon.”

Chief executive of TrustMark, Simon Ayers, said: “Consumer confidence is not only essential to the recovery of the UK’s economy, but also to the protection and creation of key jobs that will support the long-term delivery of quality green home improvements.

“That’s why having TrustMark accredited tradespeople will provide households with the confidence they need that those working on their homes have been thoroughly vetted for technical competence, customer service and trading practices.”

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