If you live in Northern Ireland and you need help paying for heating and insulation improvements in your privately owned or rented home, you, your partner or civil partner may be able to get help from the government's Warm Homes Scheme. The scheme provides a package of energy-efficiency and heating measures, tailored to each household.
The Warm Homes Scheme has two elements:
All applicants will be considered for Warm Homes in the first instance. Direct applications to Warm Homes Plus will not normally be accepted.
The applicant must be the owner occupier of a dwelling, or in the case of private rented sector the applicant must be named on the Tenancy Agreement.
Warm Homes will be the point of entry for all applicants to the Warm Homes Scheme. Warm Homes is open to eligible householders and will provide insulation measures up to a maximum set value. The current statutory maximum is £1,500 and this figure is reviewed every year.
Entry into Warm Homes will require applicants to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit. The full list of qualifying benefits and available measures are set out below:
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Householders of any age in receipt of one or more of the following qualifying benefits may be eligible:
The assessment process within Warm Homes will identify households where additional measures, such as heating or complex insulation, are required.
Heating measures will focus on those with no central heating system, a solid fuel, Economy 7 or bottled gas system (LPG). These households will be passported through into Warm Homes Plus.
The current statutory maximum for Warm Homes Plus is £6,500.
Gas will be the fuel of choice in areas where it is available. In other areas, oil will be available.
A summary of the eligibility criteria and measures available under Warm Homes Plus are set out below:
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Householders of any age in receipt of one or more of the following benefits and who are identified through assessment to have Solid Fuel, Economy 7, Bottled Gas system (LPG ) or no system at all.
For properties of solid wall construction, further measures may be considered to minimise heat loss or reduce fuel bills. These may include use of solid wall insulation or use of a renewable technology.
You can find out if you qualify for a Warm Homes grant over the phone by contacting the Warm Homes Scheme Manager: