Council warns of green homes grant scammers

Council warns of green homes grant scammers.

The government’s Green Homes Grant offers eligible homeowners in Buckinghamshire up to £10,000 of energy saving improvements, but doorstep fraudsters are already trying to cash in according to trading standards officers.

The chancellor’s scheme helps homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their property while also giving the economy a much needed boost.

However, only approved and checked traders who officially register with the government can carry out the work.

Trading Standards Officers from Buckinghamshire are concerned the door may be left open for unscrupulous traders to exploit the trust of consumers who may not be aware and just want to access a voucher to get home improvements made cost-effectively.

Fred Wilson, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, says to be extra vigilant. “To get the grant you need to apply through the government’s website. You may get people knocking on your door or offers through the post that they can get the deal on your behalf, but they can’t.

“I am urging everyone, not just to be aware and ask questions, but to report it to our team so we can rid our county of these fraudsters.”

You can apply for the scheme and see if you are eligible on the GOV.UK: Green homes grant guidance webpage. Also, all tradespersons who deliver the work must be registered on the TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

Trading Standards advises residents not to engage with cold callers either on the doorstep or on the phone. They say:

  • Never engage with someone or allow them access to your home unless you are able to verify their authenticity and who they are.
  • As with all scams: Be sceptical, stay calm, and don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door

To deter visits from cold callers, residents can display a no cold calling sticker by their front doors. To obtain a Stop Cold Calling Sticker Pack or to report an incident please contact Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

Keep informed on the latest scams affecting your area by following Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading standards via social media.