Several national papers have reported that the ban on gas boilers in new builds, originally expected to be introduced in 2025, has been brought forward by two years.
According to The Times, the proposal to introduce the ban was originally included in the 10-point plan to tackle climate change that the prime minister announced on the 18th November but was removed within an hour of the paper contacting the government for clarification.
According to The Times and the Daily Mail, government sources confirmed that the reference to the ban “wasn’t supposed to be in there” but is “definitely part of the plan”.
Developers had been expecting the government to ban gas boilers from 2025 as part of its Future Homes Standard, which it announced in October last year.
The government said it is analysing the feedback it received as part of a consultation on the 2025 proposals. The impact assessment of the Future Homes Standard, released by the government at the same time as the consultation, revealed the raft of changes proposed for new builds could cost the industry £10bn over 70 years.
Plans to bring the deadline forward come as part of a set of measures for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ that Boris Johnson revealed last week.
These included the banning of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and protecting and restoring our natural environment by planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year.
In addition to this, another plan was an extension of the £2bn Green Homes Grant by 12-months, which provides vouchers to homeowners and landlord to help them improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
Improvements could include insulating a home to reduce the energy usage or installing a low-carbon heating, such as a heat pump to lower the amount of carbon dioxide a home produces and help owner cut back on annual utility bills.
The Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000. If you, or someone in your household, receive certain benefits you may be eligible for a voucher worth £10,000.
Give our team a call on 0808 222 0 111, to find out if you qualify and get your free quote to apply for your voucher.