LAD scheme in the UK is helping a number of low-income homes improve their energy efficiency
The LAD (Local Authority Delivery) scheme is associated with the Green Homes Grant (GHG) scheme. The GHG scheme was announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in July 2020 and has funds to the tune of £2 billion.
The objective of the GHG scheme is to upgrade and make homes better across England. As part of this scheme, a fund of £500 million will be allocated to local authorities through the LAD scheme.
Low-income households will benefit from the LAD scheme as important energy efficiency measures will be installed in their low energy-efficient homes. For all those people who are not on benefit, this is the best scheme to get help through the government and reduce bills, besides increasing the energy efficiency of the property.
Measures that seek to make the homes better and more efficient in energy use include:
1- Installation of Solar PV
2- Installation of Underfloor Insulation
3- Installation of Loft Insulation
4- Installation of Cavity Wall Insulation
5- Installation of Smart Heating Controls
How Does LAD Scheme Help?
The most important objective of the LAD Scheme is to make the low energy performance homes better by raising their energy efficiency. All those homes that have energy performance certificate (EPC) ratings of E, F, or G will be prioritised to get relevant energy efficiency measures installed in their homes.
Worst quality off-gas network homes will also benefit from the LAD scheme.
LAD scheme delivers a number of positive results, that include:
1- Progress in reducing fuel poverty
2- Progress in phasing out of high carbon fossil fuel heating installations
3- Progress in helping the UK in its commitment to net-zero by 2050
As part of the LAD scheme process, local authorities in England submit bids for obtaining funds. These funds can then be utilised in improving the energy efficiency of low-income households in their respective areas.
£5,000 grant to support heat pump installation
The UK government unveiled plans in 2021 for a £5,000 grant that allows people to install home heat pumps (air-source heat pumps) and other low-carbon boiler replacements.
This grant will be available from April 2022 as part of a plan where once the market expands, then the market rate of such heat pumps should drop by almost a quarter to half of its current rate by 2025.
The LAD scheme also helps in the installation of such air-source heat pumps that can provide efficient heating in homes. Such a heat pump can deliver up to three times more heat energy in a house than the total electrical energy consumed by it.
Transparency Data of the UK Govt on LAD Phases
The UK government has been quite transparent and open about fund allocation to local authorities. The transparency data mentioned on the UK government website highlights the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Phases.
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has given a detailed mention of lists of local authorities that have been allocated funds to make life better for low-income families by upgrading their homes.
Bids by local authorities have been successfully placed for Phase 1A and Phase 1B.
Hope your household got the benefit of the LAD scheme and energy efficiency measures were installed in your home.
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