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Warm Homes grant scheme

 

If you need help paying for heating and insulation improvements in your privately owned or rented home, you, your partner or civil partner may be able to get help from the government’s Warm Homes Scheme. The scheme provides a package of energy-efficiency and heating measures, tailored to each household.

 

Who is eligible?

 

The Warm Homes Scheme has two elements:

 

  • Warm Homes
  • Warm Homes Plus

 

All applicants will be considered for Warm Homes in the first instance. Direct applications to Warm Homes Plus will not normally be accepted.

 

The applicant must be the owner occupier of a dwelling, or in the case of private rented sector the applicant must be named on the Tenancy Agreement.

 

Warm Homes

 

Warm Homes will be the point of entry for all applicants to the Warm Homes Scheme. Warm Homes is open to eligible householders and will provide insulation measures up to a maximum set value. The current statutory maximum is £1,500 and this figure is reviewed every year.

 

Entry into Warm Homes will require applicants to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit. The full list of qualifying benefits and available measures are set out below:

 

Warm   Homes Eligibility Criteria

Measures Available

Householders   of any age in receipt of one or more of the following qualifying benefits may   be eligible:

  • Income        Support
  • Income        Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income        Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Pension        Credit
  • Child        Tax Credit (with relevant income less than £15,860)
  • Working        Tax Credit
  • Disability        Living Allowance
  • Attendance        Allowance
  • Housing        Benefit
  • Cavity        Wall Insulation
  • Loft        Insulation
  • Hot        Water Cylinder Jackets
  • Benefit        Entitlement Check
  • Energy        Advice

 

Warm Homes Plus

 

The assessment process within Warm Homes will identify households where additional measures, such as heating or complex insulation, are required.

 

Heating measures will focus on those with no central heating system, a solid fuel, Economy 7 or bottled gas system (LPG). These households will be passported through into Warm Homes Plus.

 

The current statutory maximum for Warm Homes Plus is £6,500.

 

Gas will be the fuel of choice in areas where it is available. In other areas, oil will be available.

 

A summary of the eligibility criteria and measures available under Warm Homes Plus are set out below:

 

Warm Homes Plus

Measures Available

Householders   of any age in receipt of one or more of the following benefits and who are   identified through assessment to have Solid Fuel, Economy 7, Bottled Gas   system (LPG ) or no system at all.

  • Housing        Benefit
  • Income        Support
  • Income        Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income        Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Pension        Credit
  • Working        Tax Credit
  • installation        of a fully controllable, energy efficient oil or gas central heating        system where no system currently exists
  • conversion        of an existing bottled gas (LPG), solid fuel or Economy 7 heating system        to a more energy efficient oil or natural gas central heating system
  • insulation        requirements which exceed the statutory grant maximum available under        Warm Homes

For   properties of solid wall construction, further measures may be considered to   minimise heat loss or reduce fuel bills. These may include use of solid wall   insulation or use of a renewable technology.

 

How to apply

 

You can find out if you qualify for a Warm Homes grant over the phone by contacting the Warm Homes Scheme Manager:

 

  • freephone 0800 988 0559

 

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