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Simplified approach to qualifying for a heat pump grant consultation

6th October 2023

On 31 August, the government set out new proposals to make it cheaper and easier for homeowners and small businesses to install heat pumps.

Proposed measures could mean varying the levels of grants that are made available, depending on the customer’s property type or existing fuel source. This would make heat pump installations more affordable for more households and small businesses.

Another proposed measure would be a simplified approach to qualifying for a heat pump grant by removing the need to install loft or cavity wall insulation first.

The proposals also provide an additional option to help consumers install new biomass boilers that also work as an oven.

The government’s £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme was recently extended until 2028 and offers grants of £5,000 towards the installation of an air source heat pump; £6,000 off a ground source heat pump; and £5,000 off a biomass boiler. Consumers can also receive a zero VAT rate on installations.

Heat pump installers, manufactures, suppliers, and the wider industry are being invited to offer their views on the government’s proposed changes to the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, with the consultation open on GOV.​UK until 12 October.

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