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Low Carbon monthly cap binned

The Low Carbon Building programme phase 1 was re-launched today (Wednesday) with a number of revisions. The programme has £11.9 million allocated, which will be available from May 29. The controversial monthly cap on funding has been abolished. The maximum amount that can be allocated per household has been slashed from £15,000 to £2,500. Further changes include advanced planning permission being required and shorter grant offer periods. Peter Thom, managing director of Green Heat said: “It’s good news but the certification issue, with installers needing to register on the UK Microgeneration Certification Scheme (UKMCS) for a fee of £1,800, will price many small installers out of the market. “Plus with the monthly cap lifted, installers that pay the UKMCS fee could find that the allocated grant money runs out very quickly.”