Central Heating Grants
In the UK there are a number of central heating grants available to help homeowners with the costs of buying a new boiler or installing a new central heating system.
The best known scheme, Warm Front, is available in England, but there are alternatives in other parts of the UK, including NEST in Wales, Warm Homes in Northern Ireland, and the Energy Assistance Package in Scotland. Warm Front is designed to offer financial assistance to homeowners for a range of energy efficient property modifications, such as cavity wall insulation, loft insulation as well as a new boiler or a completely new central heating system.
Grants of up to £3,500 are available to cover all or part of the work, depending on the cost, and an assessor will visit the property to determine what work is needed.
Who is eligible for a Warm Front central heating grant?
There are different criteria for the Warm Front central heating grant, depending on where you live in the UK. In England, you must own your home or rent it from a private landlord who agrees to the work being done. The property must be poorly insulated or without a working central heating system. In addition to this you must receive certain benefits, such as Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit or Income Support. The full list of eligibility requirements can be found on the DirectGov website. For homeowners in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the eligibility requirements are slightly different and all information can be found on the respective scheme operator websites.
Other central heating grants
There are also a number of other central heating benefits and schemes for anyone struggling to make fuel payments or those who are vulnerable. Fuel Direct, for example, assists those receiving Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance who are struggling to make fuel or water bill payments. It is possible for the suppliers to be paid directly from the benefits payment at an agreed amount each week.
Anyone aged 60 years or over is eligible to receive a Winter Fuel Payment to help towards costs of electricity and gas over the colder winter months. Households with someone over 60 receive £200 annually, whilst any homes with someone over 80 will get £300. Each year, eligible households will receive a tax-free lump sum usually between November and Christmas.
There are also other central heating benefits that may be available to households, dependent on financial circumstances, and these, along with qualifying criteria can be found on the DirectGov website.
Boiler Scrappage Scheme
Another central heating grant which was previously available was the Boiler Scrappage Scheme. This scheme provided vouchers to anyone wishing to upgrade an old G-rated boiler for a new energy efficient A-rated boiler. The scheme was designed to raise awareness of energy efficiency and to stimulate the boiler industry, whilst reducing the number of inefficient boilers in the UK. It was available in England, Wales and Scotland, however, the money has now all be allocated so the scheme has finished. The Government may decide to allocate more money in the future to the Boiler Scrappage Scheme and the details will be provided on the DirectGov website should this happen.
In the meantime, some boiler companies do still operate their own scrappage schemes so it is possible to save money still, but because these schemes are not Government-run, it’s crucial to obtain quotes from a number of different companies to ensure you get the best deal. Compare My Local can assist you in finding quotes for a new boiler from companies in your local area.