Criminals target Green Homes Grant scheme

Criminals target Green Homes Grant scheme

Criminals target Green Homes Grant scheme

North East Lincolnshire residents are being warned that rogue traders are trying to take advantage of the government’s new Green Homes Grant scheme.

The council’s Trading Standards team are reminding consumers to be wary and that only tradespeople with a government-backed seal of approval can carry out work under the scheme.

Consumers can check for registered traders at

TrustMark is the government-endorsed quality scheme covering work a consumer chooses to have carried out on their home.

Announced in August, the Green Homes Grant scheme was set up to help homeowners and landlords make their homes warmer and more energy efficient.

The grants cover green home improvements ranging from insulation of walls, floors and roofs, to the installation of low-carbon heating, like heat pumps or solar thermal – measures that could help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

People can find out more about the scheme at

Types of improvement that qualify for the grant are also split into primary and secondary measures – the voucher must be used to install at least one primary measure which can be insulation and/or low carbon heating.

After at least one primary measure has been installed, the voucher can be used to help cover the cost of a list of secondary measures, which contains things like double or triple glazing, draught-proofing and energy-efficient doors.

Please remember the following:

  • Apply for a voucher first – not all improvements are in the scheme
  • Don’t pay a deposit before you apply for your voucher, you may not be entitled to funding
  • Pay your portion of the bill by credit card, you get extra consumer protection
  • Don’t fund fraudsters, do your homework and support good traders
  • If you are cold-called about having work done on your home or business, just say no.

Cllr Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “The Green Homes Grant is a great way to help households and traders, who will have been affected by the lockdown.

“But criminals are known to target new government initiatives like this so that they can sound believable on the doorstep. It is an age-old confidence trick.

“If you’re thinking of having work done, make sure you do your research.”

Report suspected rogue traders online at or call Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444.

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