Help with heating
Disability Rights UK Factsheet F53
UK heating Schemes
There are a number of government funded schemes across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, which provide help with heating.
England Scotland and Wales
In England Scotland and Wales you can get help under the Green Deal, which you will have to repay later. Green Deal provides help for:
- insulation - eg loft or cavity wall insulation
- heating and hot water
- double glazing
- generating your own energy - eg solar panels or wind turbines
You will first need an assessment to work out the most cost-effective improvements. This work will then be financed by a provider and carried out. You will be expected to pay for the work done through your future electricity bill.
For more information see www.greendealinitiative.co.uk/.
In Scotland the Energy Assistance Package aims to help maximise incomes, reduce fuel bills and improve energy efficiency in homes. If you are on a qualifying benefit and are over 60 or have children you may be able to get help.For more information call 0800 512 012 or go to www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/warmhomes/eap.
The Green Homes Cashback Scheme offers up to £500 towards energy efficiency measures recommended in an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or Green Deal assessment. You can also claim up to £100 towards the cost of an EPC (call 0800 512 012 or got to www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Take-action/Find-a-grant/Green-Homes-Cashback-Scheme).
Scotland has a boiler scrappage scheme. You may be able to get £400 or more towards the replacement of your old boiler. For more information see www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.
In Wales there is a Fuel Poverty Programme, called ‘Nest’. A Nest whole house assessment is available to people in Wales who are in receipt of a means tested benefit and living in the hardest-to-heat homes. For more information, call 0808 808 2244 or go to www.nestwales.org.uk.
In Northern Ireland the Warm Homes scheme provides insulation and heating grants to owner occupiers and private tenants who are in receipt of a qualifying benefit. For enquiries and applications, ring 0800 988 0559 or go to the Warm Homes website at www.warm-homes.com/.
Northern Ireland also has a scheme to replace old, inefficient boilers (boiler scrappage scheme). Under the scheme you can get up to £1,000 towards the replacement of your boiler. For more information see www.nidirect.gov.uk.
If you live in England Scotland or Wales you can get £135 rebate on your electricity bill as part of the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
You may get this if you or your partner are on the guarantee element of pension credit pension and your energy supplier is participating in the scheme.
Your energy supplier can also choose to give you the £135 rebate even if you don’t receive guarantee credit if you are on certain benefits. For more information contact your local electricity supplier or go to www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme.
The social fund provides cold weather and winter fuel payments. For information on these schemes see our Factsheet F41 - the social fund.
Where can I get more help or information?
This factsheet is a basic overview of help with heating available. You can find out more information about this and any other help you can receive in our Disability Rights Handbook. This and all our other publications are available from our shop at www.radar-shop.org.uk/. You can also place orders by contacting Disability Rights UK on 020 7250 3222 (this is not an advice line) or by fax on 020 7247 8765.
You can get help and information at your local advice centre, such as a Citizens Advice Bureau. You can get more information about where to get personal advice from our Factsheet F15 - Getting advice. All our factsheets are free to download on our website at www.disabilityrightsuk.org.
You can get advice on heating from the following:
- The Home Heat Helpline (www.homeheathelpline.org) for anyone living in England, Scotland or Wales. Telephone 0800 33 66 99 (free Minicom 0800 027 2122).
- The Energy Saving Trust (www.energysavingtrust.org.uk) has a network of local advice centres throughout the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/northernireland) as well as online information. You can request a call back from your local advice centre by calling 0800 512 012.
27 March 2013