A slash too far: NLA unhappy over Green Deal cut
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Environment
The National Landlords Association has slammed the government for reducing the Green Deal Home Improvement Funds (GDHIF) for solid wall insulation from £6,000 to £4,000.
Richard Lambert, NLA chief executive officer, said: "Just as the Green Deal looks like it will finally succeed, the government seems determined to sabotage its own policy. The NLA made a strong case to the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for the incentive payment for solid wall insulation projects to be set at a level that makes financial sense for the landlord to proceed with energy efficiency improvements to a property."
Lambert insisted the NLA had got its sums correct.
"We used data from the applications to our Green Deal service to justify our call for it to be set at £6,000, and the success of the GDHIF so far shows that this was the right level," he said. "Lowering the incentive for solid wall insulation to £4,000 will increase the contribution that the landlord will have to make, and inevitably push more projects beyond the capacity or willingness of the landlord to fund them as a result. As the greatest proportion of solid wall properties are in the private rented sector, this move therefore risks exempting a significant proportion of homes from meeting the energy efficiency targets set by DECC."
Lambert added: "The NLA advise all landlords with a draft Green Deal plan to act immediately in order to benefit from the previous funding incentives. Landlords have until midnight Thursday 24th July to claim cash back for external/internal wall insulation."