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After objections from Tory MPs, ministers plan to introduce a “boiler tax” until after the next vote.

On Thursday, Claire Coutinho, the Energy Secretary, announced that quotas for sales of heat pumps will be pushed back a year until April 2025.

A delay when boilers raised prices by £120 in anticipation of millions in fines under the new regime.

Many Conservative members, who have been very loud in resisting the boiler tax, are glad that the choice to put it off has been made. They say that the tax would hurt the heating business and could cause people to lose their jobs and investors to stop investing money in the sector.

Why is the government taking so long to put the boiler tax into effect? This makes people question their commitment to fighting climate change and lowering carbon emissions. Some people say that putting off the tax could make switching to systems that use less energy take longer, making it harder for the UK to meet its climate goals.

Tory MPs welcomed the move as “great news” but said Downing Street should now abandon the policy altogether and “do the right thing”.

Plans to be presented next month will set goals for heat pump installation that will first be given to boiler makers.

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Ms Coutinho stepped in to delay the introduction of the policy by at least a year after Tory MPs warned that it would hammer ordinary families. But after two junior ministers in his department threatened to resign in protest, he could not go far enough to stop it altogether. Graham Stuart and Lord Callanan, both energy ministers, warned that scrapping the scheme would put the UK at risk of missing its net zero target.

A source close to Ms Coutinho said: “Claire’s priority is to make sure people who don’t yet have an alternative to a gas boiler aren’t being punished. She’s always fought hard to ensure we are helping people, not forcing them.”

Even though the boiler tax has been put off, the government has said again that it will work to save energy and cut down on carbon pollution. In a statement, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) spokesperson said that the government would continue to work with business leaders and environmental groups to create policies that support the shift to a low-carbon economy.

Baxi, one of the UK’s largest boilermakers, responded to the announcement by announcing a £120 price reversal.

A spokesman said: “We will immediately remove the recent charges for the sale of new water boilers, and will work with distributors to refund any money collected for fees paid by the old mouths has been given”.

Sir John Redwood, the Tory MP for Wokingham, said he was “glad the Government has delayed” the policy but said it should be scrapped altogether.

He said: “We don’t want them interfering in how we heat our homes. Better a delay than no delay, but why don’t they do the right thing and trust the market and the consumer.”

This move was called “an obvious trap” for Labour by Mike Foster of the Energy and Utilities Alliance. He said that if Sir Keir Starmer wins the election, the plan should be turned down.

“They’ve been warned – the public doesn’t want it, it hits the bare minimum well, and the whole system needs to be reviewed before it hurts British companies and British workers,” he said.

As the UK prepares for the upcoming election, the fate of the boiler tax remains uncertain. The tax delay may help homeowners and the heating industry in the short term, but it’s still unclear if the government will come back to the issue after the election and introduce a new version of the tax that addresses the concerns raised by Tory members and other stakeholders.

The timeframe can vary depending on the workload of your chosen installer and the availability of boilers. However, once your application is approved, you can expect the installation in a few days.

Anyone who has a boiler installed before 2005 or has an inefficient boiler can qualify for a boiler grant in the UK. To meet the requirements, you must be a homeowner or private tenant of the home in the UK.

The ECO4 Scheme is a government-funded program that provides grants and funding to homeowners in Scotland, who want to install energy-saving measures in their homes. The aim of the Eco4 scheme is to help people reduce their energy consumption and save money on their energy bills.

Yes, it’s quite easy. You should regularly check that the evaporator and air intake grill are clear of leaves and other particles.

To be eligible for a first time central heating grant, you must not have prior central heating installed in your homes. Also your home’s EPC rating should be lower than D.