Window Scrappage Scheme Update
The Window Scrappage Scheme petition has now drawn to a close...
The Window Scrappage Scheme petition has now drawn to a close and no more signatures are being accepted. At the final count there were 4468 signatures which is surprisingly few compared to the numbers involved in our industry.
This scheme would allow householders and landlords to scrap their old poorly insulated windows for a cash incentive of £1,000 to be used against the purchase of new professionally installed energy efficient windows.
The Scheme would allow for an improvement to the existing housing stock to reduce Carbon and CO2 emissions and cut household energy bills. The Scheme to be open only to companies who professionally install windows with a C Window Energy Rating or above and who responsibility recycle the existing windows that are removed.
The pre election budget has been announced and now is in debate as it has upset most people, doubling car tax, increasing duty on petrol, national insurance increases, the usual song and dance. The hot topic at the moment between the parties, is how quickly, we, the tax payer, should be paying back the monies that have been; lets face it, misappropriated by the government. So it is no surprise that there has not been a peep about the petitioned Windows Scrappage Scheme.
The PVCu window industry often (or so it seems) gets over looked as an important aspect of insulating the home and lowering carbon emissions and fuel bills, in favour of cavity wall insulation and boilers. I would have thought that the logical step after grants for cavity wall insulation would have been to finish insulating the structure of the property before offering grants for installations that are to heat said property.
Maybe this is something that will change over the next few months and our wish will be granted.
First published March 2010