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As part of the UK government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO), if you receive a qualifying benefit of grants for gas boilers and your boiler is 10+ years old, you may be entitled to grant funding towards a brand new A-rated boiler. The free boiler grants are funded by UK energy companies and do not need to be repaid.
Grants For Gas Boilers
The free boiler scheme was launched in January 2013 with an aim to reduce the UK’s energy consumption and provide grants to low income households in order to help them improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
The scheme is part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Electricity and Gas Order, which was passed in parliament in 2012 and will run until 2022. It is primarily funded by the largest UK utility companies.
ECO is made up of one primary obligation; the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) and funding for the free boiler scheme is part of this.
How Do You Get a Warm Home Discount?
There are 2 ways to qualify for the warm home discount scheme:
- You get the guarantee credit element of pension credit known as the core group.
- You are on a low income and meet your energy supplier’s criteria for the scheme known as the broader group.
Broader Group (Existing British Gas Customers)
The ‘broader group’ applies to existing British Gas electricity customers. You must continue to be in supply of your electricity with grants for gas boilers when the payments are made in winter 2020/2021.
To qualify you must be the account holder or partner of the account holder and are required to meet one of the following criteria:
- In receipt of the Savings or Guarantee & Savings element of the State Pension Credit (unless already qualifying as part of Core Group).
In receipt of one of the following means tested eligible benefits:
- Income support.
- Income based jobseekers’ allowance.
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance (which includes a work related activity or support component).
- Universal Credit (low income elements).
And the benefit must include one of the following:
1- Child element for children aged 5 or under.
2- Disabled child element.
3- A disability or pensioner premium.
Have a gross annual household income (HHI) of less than £16,190 and at least one of the following applies:
1- The account holder is living with mental or physical disability or illness.
2- The account holder is of pensionable age for grants for gas boilers.
3- There is a child living in the house aged 5 or under.
4- You spend 10% or more of household income on energy bills to heat your property.
What You Need to Know About Grants For Gas Boilers
You will need to apply for the scheme each year in order to be considered for payment and we reserve the right to close the scheme to applicants at any point. In order to complete a registration we will need details of all the benefits you receive and amounts, as well as any other household income. Please also keep any similarity you may have confirming household income or benefits gained, as you may be asked to provide documentary evidence to support your claim, as required by scheme guidelines. For more information and knowledge about eligibility criteria.
What is the Warm Home Discount British Gas?
The Warm Home Discount scheme (WHDS) offers a one-off payment of £140 (inclusive of VAT) towards the energy bills of those who need it most in England, Scotland and Wales.
The scheme was introduced by the Government in April 2011 and managed by energy suppliers. The money is not paid directly to you; it is a one-off discount that is assigned to your energy account, prepayment card or key, during the winter providing you qualify for the grants for gas boilers.
This means the funds are not given directly to you, but applied to your energy bill between October and March, meaning the discount is effectively handled by your energy supplier.
You can ask for your supplier to apply the discount to your gas bill instead, if you pay for both fuels with them.
You can also get the Warm Home Discount if you are on a prepayment or pay as you go meter. Your supplier will decide how the discount is applied, but it is often in the form of a voucher you can use to top up your meter.
Warm Front Grants For Gas Boilers
An old boiler is not great news, either for you, your home or the environment. You have the unreliability of whether it will keep going, the worry of potential repair or grants for gas boilers and you will be paying more for your energy bills as it is unlikely to be all that efficient. That being said, the thought of a new boiler is very off-putting the problem, the inconvenience and above all the expense.
So it is worth taking a look at the government’s ECO (Energy Company Obligation) scheme for 2016 to see if you qualify for a free boiler grant. This is a scheme where if you meet the ability criteria you can receive a grant towards a brand new boiler with an A-rated energy efficiency score.
Under the government backed ECO scheme, families on low income can receive help with reducing their fuel bills. The funding applies to people who receive certain income related benefits and are for replacing an old, inefficient boiler with a new condensing style model, these grants can be gained by both renter and homeowners alike.
The applicable benefits include pension credit and child tax credit, and in some circumstances income support, jobseekers’ allowance, working tax credit and universal credit. The grants apply to boilers that are performing at less than 86% efficiency, which is typically boilers over five years old, and the cost of the grants are met by UK energy companies. Grants for gas boilers are free, and there is nothing that needs to be repaid.