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GDHIF opens again for new applications

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will reopen for new applications from 16 March.

It will have a budget of £70m, but will see changes made to the amounts of money available for installing different energy-efficiency measures.

Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) director Roger Webb said: “We welcome the reopening of the scheme in principle and are pleased to see an increase in monies available for installing the two measures from £1,000 to £1,250. However, as the types of measures that are eligible under the scheme remain unchanged, it will continue to be difficult to create a workable package for homeowners. This is why £5.5m is still unallocated from the last round of funding.

“A further troubling area is the insistence that installers must be PAS20/30 accredited in order to work on this scheme – with only a handful of the 122,000 Gas Safe-registered engineers approved, homeowners often struggle to find tradespeople authorised to carry out the work.

“HHIC continue to meet and discuss the scheme with officials at DECC, but we are under no illusions that the much-needed overhaul will happen this side of the general election.”

The GDHIF will see a reduction from £4,000 to £3,750 available to install solid wall insulation, but will continue with the additional £500 for people who have purchased their home within the last 12 months.

The £100 upfront assessment cost will be refunded at the point work is undertaken.

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