Green Deal Home Improvement Fund - door slammed shut 24 July no further applications

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Energy
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Energy
Press release rushed out tonight on https://www.gov.uk - GDHIF closed to further applications

I'm gutted - had my assessment done just yesterday, got my report this afternoon, sat down to apply when I got home from work tonight to find the door has been unceremoniously slammed shut and I got the message below-

"Due to overwhelming popular demand, the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is closed for applications with immediate effect.

I can't believe I fell for the hype - I paid out for the assessment and it is now useless if I can't get a voucher for the work.

How can they just pull it with no warning?? Something fishy is going on - another farce for the Green Deal brand.

I bet there are hundreds if not thousands of people booked in for GDAR reports to be done, or like me who have just had a report done so we can apply for our vouchers. Hope they will give us all our money back ...

Anyone else in the same situation ??
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  • aggypanthusaggypanthus Forumite
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    Wheres does it actually say it?
  • captainhindsight_2captainhindsight_2 Forumite
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    It is because almost 100m of vouchers were applied for in a single day. So it will have exceeded the 120m budget for the scheme this financial year.

    Nothing wrong with the scheme it has been clear from the outset what the rules were and all the advice was to act quickly.

    it is the same as all these things, so many consumers hesitate until it is too late and then miss out and then blame the scheme for there own mistake.
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  • matelodavematelodave Forumite
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    It is because almost 100m of vouchers were applied for in a single day. So it will have exceeded the 120m budget for the scheme this financial year.

    Nothing wrong with the scheme it has been clear from the outset what the rules were and all the advice was to act quickly.

    it is the same as all these things, so many consumers hesitate until it is too late and then miss out and then blame the scheme for there own mistake.

    That what I would have said as well.

    The information was very clear that there was a finite amount of money in the pot and the scheme would close when it was used.
    It's the same with the RHI, if too many people take it up then the benefits will reduce for those who didn't get in quickly.
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  • Smiley_DanSmiley_Dan Forumite
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    Face, meet palm.
  • WestonDaveWestonDave Forumite
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    Whilst the limit was always there, I also smell a rat here. £100m worth all applied for in one day? applied for by separate individuals would be at least 16500 people all applying for solid wall insulation (the full £6k). Or has some cowboy company gone through the list of EPC's in their area, picked up all the ones with solid walls, applied for grants in their names and is now cold calling them telling them they can have their solid wall insulation for free/dirt cheap. If the money all actually gets paid out then fair enough but if a disproportionate amount never actually happens then I think there will be uproar.
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  • GDADEAGDADEA Forumite
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    WestonDave wrote: »
    Whilst the limit was always there, I also smell a rat here. £100m worth all applied for in one day? applied for by separate individuals would be at least 16500 people all applying for solid wall insulation (the full £6k). Or has some cowboy company gone through the list of EPC's in their area, picked up all the ones with solid walls, applied for grants in their names and is now cold calling them telling them they can have their solid wall insulation for free/dirt cheap. If the money all actually gets paid out then fair enough but if a disproportionate amount never actually happens then I think there will be uproar.

    I agree, I too smell a rat here, we were still reeling from the short notice cutting of flue gas heat recovery announced 2 days ago, having just started to see some work coming through, this unfortunately is the ECO debacle all over again!

    Have had to cancel 3 GDAR appointments for today and more for next week as all were for GDHIF funding,

    The governments energy policy seems to be a series of feast or famine events, so the moral of the story is, when the next feast is launched get in quickly! :mad:
  • captainhindsight_2captainhindsight_2 Forumite
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    Bit of an update on this, DECC have being doing the rounds contacting all companies involved in this.

    They have stopped applications because the total value of the applied for vouchers is in excess of £120m.

    Not all of these applications will be successful, so this will happen if measures that have been applied for arent recommended on the EPC or GDAR etc...

    So this may open up applications at a later date, but it's clutching at straws a bit...

    If its insulation you are after ECO CERO (all solid walls and not means tested) and CSCO (lowest 25% lowest income areas for cavity and loft insulation) funding should be released again soon.

    So don't be too disheartened if you've mist out,just make sure you don't hesitate next time. As applying for the voucher would not have committed you to the install it would have just reserved the money for your job.
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  • "The Government's Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, which offers households money to make their homes more energy-efficient, closed last night after the £120m allocated for it ran out..."
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  • captainhindsight_2captainhindsight_2 Forumite
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    GDA/DEA wrote: »
    I agree, I too smell a rat here, we were still reeling from the short notice cutting of flue gas heat recovery announced 2 days ago, having just started to see some work coming through, this unfortunately is the ECO debacle all over again!

    Have had to cancel 3 GDAR appointments for today and more for next week as all were for GDHIF funding,

    The governments energy policy seems to be a series of feast or famine events, so the moral of the story is, when the next feast is launched get in quickly! :mad:

    I think it is still worth while for people to carry out an EPC or GDAR so when a new scheme opens they can apply for it straight away.

    As all of these schemes will require an EPC or GDAR to qualify.

    As ECO CERO and CSCO should be coming soon, we have just tendered for a lot of CERO and CSCO funding with a couple of energy companies on the back of the confirmation of the new ECO obligations.
    "talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish" - Euripides
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