The GGF has continued to up the ante this week with letters to MPs and Cabinet ministers urging them to resolve the crisis they created when they announced the Green Homes Grant Scheme.
The announcement has seen a significant slowdown and postponement in orders.
The GGF signed a joint industry letter to parliamentarians and also contributed to a joint industry press release.
In addition, the GGF, FENSA and BFRC this week met with Energy Efficiency Department of BEIS (Government Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy) to discuss window and door energy ratings and performance.
On the Government’s lack of communication on the scheme, John Agnew, GGF Managing Director commented, “We are disappointed that the Government hasn’t provided the much needed clarity on the Green Homes Grant Scheme following its announcement a few weeks ago. The home improvement sector is suffering from loss of business. People’s jobs and companies are in peril at present due to this communications error. The Government has remained silent after weeks of letters, lobbying and meetings on the matter and to have no response and plan to recover the situation is simply unacceptable.”
The impact caused by the Chancellor’s announcement, has been highlighted in the mainstream media and raised in parliament. The GGF continues to receive regular emails from Members highlighting the amount of business lost and pending, as well asking for more details of the scheme.
From direct video meetings with BEIS, the GGF understands that an announcement on the details of the Green Homes Grant Scheme is imminent. The dates for this have ranges from 3rd August to 12th August. The GGF expects the details to include clarification of the criteria for approved installers/suppliers and also the list of glass and glazing products that will be included in the scheme.
John Agnew adds, “It’s a frustrating waiting game at present and the GGF is trying to get as much information as possible on the scheme to cascade down to Members. We will continue to pressure Government into communicating the details and the launch as soon as possible so that homeowners continue with ordering the work they had planned before the Chancellor’s disruptive announcement.”