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Industry reacts to GDHIF relaunch

The government has announced the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will open once again for new applications.

It closed in the summer of this year when funding was allocated after just six weeks.

The government is now allocating a further £100m to the scheme. Some £30m of the new cash-back fund will be available initially and details of further releases will be announced on a quarterly basis, with the next release expected in February 2015.

APHC chief executive John Thompson said: “APHC is pleased to see the relaunch of the GDHIF scheme as people will be able to make their homes warmer and more energy efficient, which will allow them to make cost savings. The fund is likely to remain a popular incentive scheme.

“For installers, particularly small businesses, the transient nature of the fund makes it difficult to depend on. What we would like to see is greater emphasis put on consultation with the sole traders and small and medium-sized enterprises that can be left feeling uncertain when funds are so swiftly closed and revised.

“When the GDHIF closed so rapidly in the summer, consumers were losing confidence in the advice given to them in the best interest from installers – and many installers began to lose confidence in government schemes such as the Green Deal.  We feel greater communication and consultation between government and installers is needed to avoid this situation.” 

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