DECC closes the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund following overwhelming demand

DECC closes the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund following overwhelming demand

In December 2013, the government announced a £540 million three year energy efficiency package and up to £120 million will be available for home energy efficiency schemes from April 2015.

Following a surge in applications, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) closed the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund with immediate effect from 25 July as the allocated budget has been reached. The fund was set up to help households in England and Wales improve the energy efficiency of their homes. According to the government website Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, Amber Rudd, said:

“The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is a world first and in a short space of time it has proved extremely popular.

“We were always clear there was a budget which is why we encouraged people to act quickly.

“As a result, thousands more families will now benefit from Government help to have warmer homes which use less energy.”

DECC will monitor voucher redemption rates and will consider whether to launch a further offer should funds become available. People interested in improving the energy efficiency of their homes can receive updates about any possible future schemes by emailing gdhif@decc.gsi.gov.uk or call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

All applications received before the fund closes, which fulfil the terms of eligibility, will be honoured at the original rates. A guidance document is also available: ‘Answering your questions about the closure of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund’

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Melissa Moore is a dual qualified in England and Wales and South African lawyer and has 14 years’ experience in property practice in England. She has worked in local government and been a partner at a regional law firm and most recently an associate director at Berwin Leighton Paisner which she joined in 2005. Melissa has wide experience in all areas of property law and specializes in commercial real estate development. She has experience in a number of sectors including hotel, leisure, offices, investment, industrial, motorway service stations and funding. She has worked on large scale strategic developments and government funding initiatives, town centre regeneration schemes and private mixed use developments both for public sector and private developers and investment funds. In 2013 she was ranked by Legal 500 as recommended for local government work.