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Green Homes Grant for people claiming benefits

Green Homes Grant for people claiming benefits

What is it?

The Green Homes Grant is a new government scheme available from the end of September 2020. You can use it to pay for low carbon heating, through a heat pump and/or solar panels, and for insulation measures including cavity wall, under-floor, and loft/roof insulation.

If you use half your budget on low carbon heating and insulation measures you can use the other half for double/triple glazing, upgrading to energy efficient doors and heating controls. You can get full details (as much as exist at the moment) from the government's Green Homes Grant briefing sheet.

You may also be entitled to help through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO); a scheme funded by utility companies. These grants help low income households in England, Scotland and Wales replace inefficient boilers or electric heaters. More information is below.

Eligibility

Anyone who owns their own home qualifies for a Green Homes Grant as long as they are carrying out approved measures (insulation and installing low carbon heating). The only exception is for people who live in a 'new build' property, though the government have not yet defined what counts as 'new build'.

If you are in receipt of one of the following benefits your Green Homes Grant can cover 100% of the cost of work up to a maximum of £10,000:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-based or contribution-based)
  • Jobseeker's Allowance (income-based or contribution-based)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Tax Credits (Child Tax Credits and Working Tax Credits)
  • Universal Credit

Apply for a grant

You will be able to apply online for your Green Homes Grant, which will be paid out as a voucher that your contractor will redeem. We are still waiting for further details of how to apply.

ECO grants  

You might also be eligible for a free grant to upgrade the heating, insulation and the energy-efficiency of your home. There are grants currently available to people on a low income through the Government's ECO scheme.

1. Boiler Grants - check your eligibility and apply for a boiler grant here

2. Insulation Grants - check your eligibility and apply for an insulation grant here

3. Electric Heating Grants - if you have electric room heaters or electric storage heaters and they are the main way of heating your home you might be eligible for a grant to upgrade or replace them - check your eligibility and apply for an electric heating grant here

4. First Time Central Heating Grants - if you've never had central heating at your property - check your eligibility and apply for a First Time Central Heating (FTCH) grant here

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