Last reviewed 30 March 2021
The TUC has issued analysis which reveals that the withdrawal of hundreds of millions of pounds of funding from the Green Homes Grant is going to hit jobs in the North and Midlands hardest.
While the Government promised to deliver 100,000 new jobs through the scheme across England, the TUC estimates that at its peak the scheme created just 14,500 jobs.
Furthermore, the latest funding cut will see 8500 of those jobs lost.
The Green Homes Grant, which provides funding for retrofitting homes to make them more environmentally-friendly, was announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his “Plan for Jobs” speech in July 2020.
This was the Government’s flagship policy to “build back better” and to create green jobs in the face of rising unemployment. The grants have since been promoted by the Prime Minister as a key part of his Ten Point Plan for a green recovery.
However, the TUC points out, the Government has cut more than £1 billion of funding from this flagship initiative.
Its analysis suggests that there was just £99 million in new direct green funding allocated to England in the Budget earlier this month, which is just 7.4% of the £1.35 billion that the Government took out of the Green Homes Grant.
The union body says that, instead of cutting this funding, money should be redirected towards the existing local authority delivery process for private and social housing.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Budget was a missed opportunity to put things right. We need to see a proper green jobs drive to help power our recovery and stop mass unemployment.”