26th March - Scheme closed in England!
As all 125,000 vouchers are claimed in just two months, the government closes the scheme without extension. A big let down for the plumbing industry and householders wanting to save money.
Unused vouchers will not even be reissued to new claimants.
This means the government will
not be providing the full £50 million funding for new boilers
that was promised in the pre-budget report.
23rd March - Welsh scheme for pensioners due to start on April 6th
10th February - Welsh boiler scrappage announced, but only for over 60s
3rd February - Scottish budget includes £2 million boiler scrappage scheme
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A household that changes an old boiler for a new efficient boiler could save more than £200 a year in gas bills.
By replacing just some of the 4.5 million boilers that are less than 70% efficient, we could save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.
Boiler scrappage would support existing jobs for plumbers, builders and suppliers suffering from the recession, and create new green jobs and training places.
British manufacturers would also benefit, since a high proportion of gas boilers are still made here in the UK.
This would be far greener than the car scrappage scheme - building regulations say all new boilers fitted in homes have to be efficient condensing boilers.
More reasons to sign the petition
Click on the map to find out how to push for boiler scrappage in Northern Ireland - the only place in the UK set to miss out!
The campaign was started by Mick Williams, who runs a chain of plumbers' merchants in the South of England.
Inspired by the government's car scrappage scheme, Mick saw that the
building and plumbing industries also needed help from a similar
And with plumbers and builders largely small businesses based in the
UK, his idea would do much more to help the economy and the
environment than the car scheme.
More about Mick and the origins of the campaign.
Tony Juniper, Green candidate for Cambridge & former director of Friends of the Earth
Martin Horwood MP, LibDem Shadow Environment Minister
Mark Lazarowicz, Labour MP for Edinburgh North & Leith
Fiona Russell-Horne, Editor of Builders Merchant Journal.net
Charlie Mullins, MD of Pimlico Plumbers
Mary Lamont, Lamont Plumbing Services, Stamford, Lincs
Andrew Warren, Director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy
Alan Ball, MD of PTS plumbing trade suppliers
Sian Berry, 2008 Green candidate for Mayor of London
Blane Judd, Chief Executive, The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering
Dave Hampton, the Carbon Coach
Simon Birkett, founder of the Campaign for Clean Air in London