The UK’s net-zero plans “impose unacceptable costs on hard-pressed British families”. That was Rishi Sunak’s view, as he announced a climate direction change. But net zero help is still there if you’re looking to make eco-friendly changes to your home, vehicle and lifestyle.
While Sunak decried the cost of the transition, little extra support was announced. “Instead of announcing more help for consumers with this transition, he’s just decided to weaken the targets,” Bob Ward of LSE’s Grantham Institute told the Big Issue in the wake of the prime minister’s speech.
Although Sunak said it was not right for the government to “interfere so much in people’s way of life”, there are subsidies and pots of money just sitting there, designed to change your behaviour.
Here’s the net zero help available:
Boiler upgrade scheme
Along with promising nobody would need to replace an existing boiler, Sunak also increased the cash grants available under the Boiler Upgrade Scheme to £7,500, an increase of 50%.
Electric car grants
The government is subsidising the cost of some electric and low-emissions vehicles, such as vans, taxis, mopeds and wheelchair-accessible vehicles. It takes the form of a discount automatically applied by the seller.