If your home has poor insulation or a nonexistent central heating system, winter in the UK can be harsh, perhaps even fatal, especially for the very old and the very young. To help alleviate the suffering of its citizens, the British government has initiated programs that will allow poor families, the elderly, and the disabled to make improvements in their homes to answer their heating and insulation needs.

In England, they have been implementing since the early part of 2011 the Warm Front scheme, which installs and upgrades insulation and heating facilities to homes that cannot afford to install such things without external financial assistance.

Similar grants are available in Wales (the Nest program), North Ireland (the Warm Homes scheme), and Scotland (the Energy Assistance Package).

Benefits Under the Warm Front scheme, improvements for loft, cavity wall, and hot water tank insulation are made available. Options for draught-proofing and glass-fronted fire can also be arranged, as long as the installations will not cost more than the amount of the grant.

For works that cost more than the subsidy, a contribution must be made before an installation can take place. The Warm Front grant can provide qualified households with up to 3,500 worth of improvements, and if alternative technologies are recommended upon government evaluation of the applicant’s residence, then as much 6,000 work of improvements can be supplied by the grant.

The scheme specifically targets low-income households nzdepot with children below 5 years old, elders who are above 60, or people with disabilities. Grant recipients must own the house they want to renovate, or they must be renting it from a private landlord. In addition, to be approved, the applicant’s home must be bereft of either a functional central heating system or good insulation, or both.

Am I Eligible for a Heating Grant?

To apply for a heat grant, an application form is available online. To be eligible, applicants must be receiving either income-related employment and support allowance (with conditions) or pension credit.

Other applicants that may be eligible are those receiving job-seekers allowance, income support, employment and support allowance still in the assessment phase. However, these groups must also meet an additional condition: they must have either a disability (or severe disability) premium, a pensioner premium, an award of child tax credit, or a child four years of age or younger living in the same household.

With these requirements present, a Warm Front surveyor will come to inspect your property and measure your home’s energy efficiency using a standard assessment procedure (SAP).

Having an SAP rating of 55 and below makes you eligible for a grant. Recommendations will then be made as to what energy efficiency improvements are most appropriate for your home.

Improvements may include the following: putting in loft insulation or augmenting the existing one, to reduce heat loss by up to 25%; cavity wall insulation (usually not available for homes constructed before 1998), which can reduce heat loss by up to 35%; and central heating system installation, which may come in the form of gas, electric and oil boiler, or the more modern installation, the combi boiler, which not only provides heat to your home but saves attic space as well.

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