After feedback from many members that Green Home Grants were difficult or impossible to access, the Club have written to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to press the need for a more inclusive approach.
The grants only cover works carried out by TrustMark certified traders, but almost no historic building specialists are a part of that scheme. TrustMark is not a bad scheme, but it is clearly aimed at modern contractors, and in many cases historic building work is simply not eligible to be covered. Thatching and lime-work is not covered at all, nor is any non-modern form of insulation.
This means that the Green Home Grants are largely unavailable for listed building work, and the few tradespeople who are certified were quickly booked up and now cannot accept any more work.
We have asked the Energy Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, to act now and allow listed building owners access to the scheme without the need for TrustMark certification.
To read the full story, see the latest issue of Listed Heritage, the Club’s 150 page bi-monthly magazine. Every issue includes a dedicated section on our lobbying efforts, as well as news, features and technical guidance from across the heritage sector.
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