Latest figures on Green Homes Grant Released

Stats show increases in installations and payments but still long delays


Published 6 months ago (18th Mar 2021 16:00)
by Kenneth Campbell

BEIS have today released the updated statistics on the Green Homes Grant, and there are signs that some things are improving, though there are clearly still major issues with the scheme.

The public's appetite for the scheme has remained consistent with just under 13,000 applications being made in the previous month, and an average of 10,000 applications a month since the scheme started.

There have been 123,500 vouchers applied for but 15% of those have been rejected, or cancelled.

The number of applications stuck in the system pending more information has dropped from 58% to 42%, and the number of vouchers issued has risen from 21,000 to 28,000.

So ICF has managed to issue just over 7,000 voucher in a month. At that rate it will take 15 months to issue all the backlogged vouchers.

The payments of installers has improved. It has gone from 32% to 50% of all installs having been paid. This is still very slow, compared to what installers were promised, and at 2,000 payments in a month when there were an additional 3,000 installs completed, there is clearly still work to be done.

At the current rate it will take installers 9 months to install all the currently issued vouchers (without the backlog of pending applications), but will take the Scheme Administrator 14 months to pay for that work.

Applications

Statistical Period Household Applications Rejected/Withdrawn Applications Live Household Applications Household Applications Pending Approval Household Approved Applications Percentage of Applications Approved Households with a Measure Installed
To February 69,151 2,253 66,898 40,379 26,519 38% 2,623
To March 82,810 10,120 72,690 35,056 37,634 52% 5,193
 
Change in last month 13,659 7,867 5,792 -5,323 11,115 13% 2,570

 

Voucher Installs

Statistical Period Total Vouchers Applied for Rejected/ Withdrawn Vouchers Live Vouchers Applied for Vouchers Issued Percentage of Vouchers Issued Measures Installed Vouchers Paid
To February 103,438   100,193 21,056 21% 2,777 904
To March 123,537 19,245 104,292 28,277 27% 5,804 2,908
 
Change in last month 20,099 N/A 4,099 7,221 6% 3,027 2,004

We know the industry can increase the rate of installs, to come closer to the 3 month voucher expiry period, but that requires the scheme to pay installers on time, which it  still appears to be unable to do.

The statistics show that of the £1.5 billion originally promised to the scheme, the government has paid out just over £7 million.

Just over £16million has been requested by installers for completed work, so installers are currently awaiting nearly £9 million from the government.

In total, issued vouchers so far are worth £124.5 million, but with the budget being withdrawn at the end of the month, that amount, along with the value of all the vouchers still to be issued, will eat up the majority of the £320 million budgeted for the next 12 months.

At current rates we expect the scheme will have to suspend voucher applications at some point in May, as the entire budget will have been allocated, though installations will continue through the whole of next year.

BEIS has promised that all vouchers issued will be honoured.