Warm Front Scheme revisions: receive grants of up to £3 500

After revisions to the UK Warm Front Scheme were introduced in September this year, thousands more households could be eligible for a grant of up to £3 500 towards improving the heating or insulation in their homes.

If you are a pensioner or a person with disabilities, you could very well qualify for this grant and ensure your home is properly heated for the coming winter.

Should you qualify, the grant money may be used for:

  • Draught-proofing
  • Loft insulation
  • Gas, electric, liquid petroleum gas or oil heating
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Hot water tank insulation
  • Converting a solid-fuel open fire to a glass-fronted fire
  • Replacing a heating system with an oil or alternative technology system

It’s important to note that the money will not be paid directly to you, but rather to the company carrying out the repairs, and that the company must be on the scheme’s approved list of contractors.

Do I qualify?

The Warm Front Scheme applies only to properties in England, which are assessed as being poorly insulated or with no working central heating system. The owner of the property must apply or give their consent to renters who apply.

To qualify, you must receive one of the following:

  • Pension Credit – the ‘Guaranteed Credit’ or ‘Savings Credit’ element
  • The support or work-related element of income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit – with an income of £15 860 or less
  • Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, and one of the extra conditions below
  • Working Tax Credit and one of the extra conditions below

Extra conditions

With Working Tax Credit, Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, extra conditions need to be met.

Working Tax Credit

Your income must be £15,860 or less and one of the following must apply:

  • You have a dependant under the age of 16 who lives with you
  • You get the ‘Disabled Worker’ or ‘Severe Disability’ element of Working Tax Credit
  • You are aged 60 years or over

Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

One of the following must apply:

  • You have a dependant under the age of 16 who lives with you
  • You get the ‘Disabled Worker’ or ‘Severe Disability’ element of Working Tax Credit
  • You are aged 60 years or over
  • You get the ‘Disabled Child’ Premium
  • You get the ‘Severe’ or ‘Enhanced’ element of Disability Premium
  • You get the ‘Higher’ or ‘Enhanced’ premium of Pensioner Premium

How do I apply?

You can apply by either calling 0800 316 2805 and letting a consultant take you through the application, or online at web.carillionplc.com.

Please note that this is the very last year the scheme will be in operation, so if you have a poorly insulated home, you need to take this opportunity to sort it out for future winters.

You can also find out more about cold weather payment and winter fuel payment grants at www.gov.uk/browse/benefits.