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Lets recap on GDHIF & DECC.

The latest update to provide further information on the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) by the department of energy & climate change.

Update on Registration with the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Almost 400 Green Deal Participants have now registered with Green Deal Home Improvement Fund since registration commenced on 1st May 2014.

Guidance on interactions between Green Deal Cashback and Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Following a number of queries, DECC would like to clarify the interaction between the Green Deal Cashback Scheme and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund:

•    The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will be open for applications from early June.

•    There have been a number of questions as to how DECC can best support the solid wall insulation market during the cross over period between Cashback and GDHIF.

•    To address those concerns, DECC will be allowing those applicants who applied for Cashback from 1st April 2014 to move their application across to GDHIF, even if the work has started already. The GDHIF Administrator will write to those individuals once the scheme opens inviting them to apply to GDHIF by the end of July 2014.

•    The new terms and conditions of the scheme will apply and the customer and provider/installer will need to agree to those before the GDHIF Administrator can move the application across.

•    In effect customers applying for Cashback from 1st April 2014 will have an option of staying with Cashback or moving to GDHIF depending on where they will benefit the most. Landlords and others in a similar position will need to ensure that state aid de minimis rules are not breached.

•    There may be a small number of applicants who applied for Cashback on or after 1st April and whose work has now been completed. DECC will let you know shortly how the GDHIF Administrator will manage possible uplifts for those applications

Clarification on inclusion of Flue Gas Heat Recovery in the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

DECC would like to clarify one particular area which has generated several queries to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Administrator, around the inclusion of flue gas heat recovery units within the scheme. Flue gas heat recovery (FGHR) units are included as a separate measure in the scheme, whether installed as a separate unit or integral to the boiler. The scheme is intended to operate in a way that does not distort or threaten to distort the market – and so DECC will need to consider taking action if uptake of FGHR units, or indeed any measure within the scheme, is at a level that suggests there could be market distortion. DECC would welcome any further market impact evidence from the supply chain.