All 125,000 boiler scrappage scheme vouchers have been issued to homeowners in England replacing their old, inefficient boilers – but less than half of the £400 rebates have been paid out so far.
Figures obtained from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) by the BBC suggest that 58,177 people have received their £400 rebate towards the cost of replacing an old, inefficient boiler with a new A-rated boiler, and a further 39,106 voucher payments are still being processed.
More than 27,000 other households, meanwhile, have yet to send in receipts for boiler replacement work. They have 12 weeks from the date of their vouchers being sent out to arrange and pay for their old boiler to be replaced, in order to claim back their £400 rebate.
The government announced that all the vouchers from the boiler scrappage scheme, launched on 5 January 2010, had been issued by 26 March.
Boiler scrappage scheme
The EST says it aims to credit people’s bank accounts with the £400 rebate within five weeks of receiving the voucher and an invoice (detailing that the work has been completed and paid for upfront) from the customer, though ‘in some cases it may take a little longer for payments to go through’.
Any boiler scrappage scheme vouchers not redeemed within the 12 week window will not be re-issued to other homes.
The aim of the boiler scrappage scheme was to ‘upgrade household heating systems to cut carbon, save money on fuel bills and sustain work for the heating industry’ by encouraging households with G-rated boilers to replace them with more efficient A-rated boilers. The £50m scheme was limited to 125,000 households – but around 3.5m homes were estimated to be eligible.
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While the English boiler scrappage scheme has now closed, a £500 boiler voucher deal is currently running in Wales for homeowners aged over 60, while a Scottish boiler scrappage scheme will start on 24 May 2010, offering £400 rebates to 5,000 homes.
Energy companies such as British Gas and Npower have also pledged to continue to offer scrappage-style discounts for homes replacing inefficient heating systems.
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