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Clean Heat Grant

April 29, 2022 3:05 PM
By Mark Fairweather

The Government's "Clean Heat Grant" scheme comes into operation from April 1 st 2022. However
no-one will be able to apply for the £5000 grant until May 23 rd . This means that only the richest, who
can afford to shell out £10,000 and just hope that they will land the grant in the future, will be able
to start work on installing a heat pump in the next few weeks.

So not only we get a scheme where the most certain winners will be the richest but the scope of the
scheme (only 30,000 a year for 3 years when actually 500,000 a year are needed to hit publicly
stated policy) is so limited that it is just a case of having "something to announce" so that the
Government can say "we are doing something" when in reality what they are doing is hopelessly
inadequate.

The poorest half of the population will never be able to afford the £5,000, even under this scheme,
to install a heat pump. And the use of the £5,000 subsidy is not even the best use of the money
towards the "Net Zero for carbon dioxide" target. To be able to instal a heat pump to work
effectively your house needs to be well insulated. But many of the poorest live in the worst insulated
houses which currently are not suitable for heat pumps. What the poorest need is something like the
Green Homes Grant scheme that the Government sabotaged a year ago.