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Warm Homes grant scheme

Eligible householders in Northern Ireland who need help paying for heating and insulation improvements in their privately owned or rented homes 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.

As the scheme is due to end on 31 March 2015, it is important that you apply as soon as possible

Who is eligible?

The Warm Homes Scheme has two elements:

  • Warm Homes
  • Warm Homes Plus

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

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:

Warm Homes Eligibility Criteria Measures Available

Householders of any age in receipt of one or more of the following qualifying benefits may be eligible:

  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with relevant income less than £15,910)
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Loft Insulation
  • Hot Water Cylinder Jackets
  • Benefit Entitlement Check
  • Energy Advice

Warm Homes Plus

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:

Warm Homes Plus Measures Available

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.

  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • installation of a fully controllable, energy efficient oil or gas central heating system where no system currently exists
  • conversion of an existing bottled gas (LPG), solid fuel or Economy 7 heating system to a more energy efficient oil or natural gas central heating system
  • insulation requirements which exceed the statutory grant maximum available under Warm Homes

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.

How to apply

You can find out if you qualify for a Warm Homes grant over the phone by contacting the Warm Homes Scheme Manager:

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