Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner challenges PM on on failed green homes scheme
Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner challenged the Prime Minister on the Government’s failed green homes grant scheme at Prime Minister's Questions today.
He highlighted that just 81 vouchers were issued in Cambridge under the scheme to help people install energy efficient measures, such as insulation and heat pumps, in their homes.
As energy prices soar, Mr Zeichner told the Prime Minister that “the Government’s flagship Green Homes Grant scheme collapsed in a £1.5bn shambles at the end of last year, with just 81 vouchers issued in Cambridge and just 85 in the Prime Minister’s constituency.”
He continued, “With energy bills about to go through the roof, what is it about this Government that makes it so peculiarly unable to run a basic loft-lagging scheme?”
The £1.5bn Green Homes Grant scheme was designed to help people install energy efficient measures in their homes, but closed to new applications on 31st March 2021, having only been introduced in September 2020 and delivered only a fraction of its original goals.
A parliamentary committee report criticised the scheme, with the committee’s Chair Dame Meg Hillier saying “It cost the taxpayer £50m just to administer the pointlessly rushed through Green Homes Grant scheme, which delivered a small fraction of its objectives, either in environmental benefits or the promised new jobs. I am afraid there is no escaping the conclusion that this scheme was a slam dunk fail”.
The Government’s own data reveals that out of 48,861 vouchers issued, only 81 were issued in Cambridge.