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decorative homepage icon SWIGA / News Quality assurance at heart of new £2 billion green homes grants Tradespeople are urged to sign up for TrustMark accreditation as part of the new Green Homes Grant scheme. Builders, plumbers, and other tradespeople across England will need a government-backed seal of approval to provide their services as part of the new £2 billion Green Homes Grant going live at the end of September. Tradespeople must register for TrustMark or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation to take part in the scheme. The Green Homes Grants will give homeowners, including owner occupiers and social/private landlords, vouchers to install one or more of the following: Read the full Story

Net Zero Skills Survey

July 21, 2020

Net Zero: what does it mean for you? While we continue to grapple with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic it can be easy to forget we are still in the grip of a climate emergency. The need to act on climate seems more pressing than ever. The UK Government is legally bound to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050, which will require a huge shared effort. It means we will need to change the way we operate our businesses and how we build. New markets and opportunities will open up for businesses that are ahead of the game. Read the full Story

The NIA has launched a report today, calling for the Home Upgrades Grant Scheme promised in the 2019 Conservative Manifesto to be fast-tracked as part of the green recovery, providing a considered view on  how the scheme might work. Link to full report Link to full press release Key benefits from the scheme are shown in the image below: How would the scheme work? – The Home Upgrade Grant Scheme should be launched this calendar year as part of the post-covid stimulus package – A street by street approach to the home upgrades should be taken, tackling clusters of properties Read the full Story

Making people’s homes cosy is the cheapest way to create jobs as the UK prepares to fight recession, a report says. Its authors say a job insulating homes would be much cheaper than creating a road maintenance job, for example. The figures will be sent to the Treasury, which is reviewing a package of job stimulus measures for July. The report’s authors say a job in home insulation can be created for £59,000 – that’s far less than a road maintenance job, which is estimated by the government to be more than £250,000. – Read the full article here .

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UPDATES ON BUILDING SAFETY REFORMS We are approaching three years since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, and I am writing to update you on the action we are taking to ensure residents are safe in their homes. Read more here.

THE RT HON ALOK SHARMA MP Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy writes to the construction industry. To everyone working in the UK’s construction sector, In these challenging times, I want to pay tribute to all those who are working tirelessly within the construction industry. Delivering on large or small construction sites across the country, in builders’ merchants and logistics providers, or producing construction and mineral products. Read more here

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland Governments highlight the support available for business’s and employees affected by the Coronavirus epidemic


March 26, 2020

SWIGA have followed the latest government advice regarding unnecessary travel and social distancing which has a profound consequence for the welfare of our staff, customers and associates. SWIGA had planned for an escalation of disruption due to virus outbreak with the result that all functions, process’s and requirements to run the organisation are being delivered via home working arrangements. SWIGA does not envisage any major disruption to our service level apart from the arranging and delivery of external visits. Meetings will continue to happen but will be online and communication on the progress of any outstanding complaints will continue normally. Read the full Story