homeowners frustrated by lack of installers

Householders trying to apply for the government’s £5,000 Green Homes Grants to make energy improvements have described how it is nearly impossible to find an accredited installer to do the work.

Homeowners in Cornwall have been pointed towards installers as far away as Scotland, Manchester and south Wales – who understandably, are not interested in quoting for their work.

The Green Homes Grant scheme, which was first announced in July, went live last week.

Related: Green Homes Grant: homeowners can apply for up to £5,000 in England

To gain the grants, which cover two-thirds of the cost of insulation or installing low-carbon heating, householders have to get quotes from contractors who are TrustMark registered and listed on the official Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website.

Large areas of the country appear to have no contractors willing or able to do the work – leading the founder of the Moneysavingexpert website, Martin

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West Ham owner ‘depressed’ by lack of signings

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan said he has been left feeling “depressed” after facing strong criticism from fans over a lack of spending in the transfer market.

a person wearing a hat: West Ham co-owner David Sullivan is under fire for the club's lack of signings in the transfer market

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West Ham co-owner David Sullivan is under fire for the club’s lack of signings in the transfer market

The signing of Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the club, on a permanent deal for a reported £15 million ($19 million) has been West Ham’s only business of the summer.

David Moyes’s men have lost their opening two games of the Premier League season and the sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom prompted captain Mark Noble to tweet that he was “gutted, angry and sad”.

However, Sullivan pointed to the huge sums West Ham have spent in recent years and the coronavirus pandemic, which is expected to see games played behind

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