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Plumb Center Wants More Boiler Scrappage Schemes

Plumb Center is leading the calls for the introduction of further boiler scrappage schemes.

The success of the London Boiler Scrappage scheme so far has resulted in the company’s request and it is hoped that other local authorities will introduce similar schemes.

The scheme is now just over four months old, and over a fifth of the maximum 6,500 vouchers have so far been issued, with a further 4,000 applications and rising currently being processed.

The pattern reflects the one seen in 2010 during the National Boiler Scrappage scheme and shows the appetite of both landlords and homeowners to replace their inefficient boilers when a suitable incentive is on offer.

This has resulted in Plumb Center seeing further potential for the scheme and is now encouraging other local authorities to follow London’s lead.

Plumb Center’s Head of Sustainability, Tim Pollard, said that a significant amount of homeowners will grasp the opportunity to scrap their old boilers.

He added that the success of the scheme comes as no surprise to him and he is convinced that the full target of 6,500 installations will be met in the near future.

Mr Pollard said that the careful planning and execution of the scheme has been a major contributor to its success and learns from the successes and failures of previous similar initiatives.

He continued that the scheme also provides a welcome boost for the heating industry, with many homeowners stalling on plans to update their heating systems because of the mild winter experienced this year.

The London Boiler Scrappage scheme will provide up to 6,500 accredited private landlords and owner occupiers in London the chance to claim back £400 in cash upon the replacement of their inefficient but still working boiler (must be rated below 70% efficiency).

Their inefficient system will then be replaced with a new ‘A-rated’ model, or a low carbon renewable heating system.

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BDC 299 December 2022