Government announces new TrustMark scheme for low-income households

The government has announced that all home energy improvements on low-income households will be carried out by trusted tradesmen, under a new TrustMark scheme protecting 300,000 households a year.

In-line with the government’s commitment to making the UK carbon neutral by 2050, as the first G7 economy to make such a commitment, the new scheme will look to curb emissions from the UK’s existing housing stock, which almost 25% of all carbon emissions come from.

£3.6 billion to be invested

The new scheme will invest £3.6 billion to upgrade the homes of low-income families to ensure that all work is carried out by trusted tradesmen. This scheme builds upon the already recognised TrustMark standard, which is endorsed by government as a hallmark of quality.

The Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Chris Skidmore, said: "This new scheme will guarantee low-income households the peace of mind that workmen installing energy efficiency measures in their homes are trusted tradesmen. Driving up the energy efficiency of Britain’s homes is key to us reducing emissions from households, saving people money on their bills as we legislate to become a net zero emissions economy and end our contribution to global warming entirely."

Vetted and certified tradesmen

Consumers who need any energy efficiency measures carried out on their homes will be able to search the TrustMark website for vetted and certified tradesmen, ensuring any tradesman they choose will be recognised with a commitment to good customer service and a high standard of work.

The scheme will help to deliver energy-saving measures such as insultation and new boilers to improve the energy rating of households, working towards the Energy Company Obligation or ECO.

DEAs can add TrustMark to their annual certifications with Stroma for only £50 + VAT. Find out more about TrustMark.

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