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DECC extends Green Deal voucher scheme

The Department of Energy and Climate Control is extending vouchers from the first release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) until Tuesday 31 March 2015.
The one-off voucher extension applies to GDHIF vouchers that have an expiry date before 31 March and have not yet been redeemed – affecting around 3,900 voucher holders – including vouchers that have already expired. For the first release of GDHIF, which was open to applications from 9 June to 24 July, vouchers worth up to a maximum of £7,600 were on offer.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said: “The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been going like hotcakes – winter can be a difficult time to get installations done so by giving more time to voucher holders they can join over one million homes already benefitting from a warmer, cheaper winter thanks to our energy efficiency schemes.”

Energy and Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd said: “We know the best way to lower bills – permanently – is to make homes warmer and greener. “We’ve helped one million homes install measures like insulation and boilers so it makes sense to extend Green Deal Home Improvement Fund vouchers for even more families to reap the benefits.”

Up to the end of December 2014, 11,061 vouchers have been paid and 13,613 measures installed through GDHIF, with £54.3 million claimed.

The extension is effective immediately and will apply automatically to eligible voucher holders – a new voucher will not be issued. To claim, eligible householders should carry out the work and submit their voucher for redemption to the GDHIF scheme administrator by 31 March 2015 – vouchers that have been extended will not be accepted after this time. All other terms and conditions for the first release of GDHIF continue to apply to customers and installers.

Vouchers from the second release of GDHIF which opened to applications on 10 December 2014, will not be affected and will be valid for six months as per the expiry date on the voucher.

Details of further releases of funding for GDHIF will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next release and announcement expected in late February/early March 2015.

GDHIF voucher holders whose vouchers were due to expire before 31 March:

  • will not be able to submit a claim after 31 March and will not receive payment

  • can change their installer by calling the scheme administrator

  • who have previously had their claim rejected due to voucher expiry can contact the GDHIF administrator to have their claim processed again.

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