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Beware - the catch in Sunak’s boiler grant scheme

The Daily Telegraph appears to have uncovered a catch in Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s apparent boiler grant giveaway.

Last week he announced that the amount home owners - including landlords - would be entitled to if they were to switch from boilers to heat pumps would increase from £5,000 to £7,500.

This was one of a number of measures he announced in what was seen as a loosening of restrictions around energy efficiency.


However the Telegraph has now discovered that the total funds available for the boiler-to-heatpump grant remains unchanged - so although an individual can claim 50 per cent more than before, the total cash for the scheme remains unchanged at £150m.

It means 10,000 fewer people will be able to apply for the grant, down from 30,000 to 20,000.

The target had been for no gas boilers to be installed in new homes by 2025, and for the phasing out of boilers altogether to begin in 2033. However, Sunak’s controversial speech pledged that no one would be forced to replace a working gas boiler with a heat pump. 

Instead, they would only be required to switch when they were due to change their boiler anyway.

One regulation scrapped last week required landlords’ rental properties to adhere to a minimum EPC rating of C by 2025 for new tenancies, and for all rental properties by 2028.

However Shawbrook Bank’s study shows that 80 per cent of landlords say they were already prepared for the 2025 EPC regulation deadline.

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    Heat pumps are only efficient in a well insulated house, much more efficient with underfloor heating, and really need solar whilst electricity prices are at this level. £7500 still doesn’t change a Victorian house into what is needed! I have suggested it before, the government need to offer a loan scheme for a comprehensive conversion to make old houses green, paid back via the council tax system so the person saving money on energy is the person paying back the loan!

    Peter Why Do I Bother

    I think the council tax is high enough for very little Duncan, plus landlords in certain places paying double or triple when they have voids. Plus how do the councils fund the upfront costs when they are bankrupt anyway.

  • George Dawes

    Roll up roll up and get your wef snake oil here !


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