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 A homeowner

 The tenant of a private-sector landlord

Households with persons

 In receipt of Child Tax Credit (with a relevant income of less than £15,860)

 In receipt of State Pension Credit

 Aged 60 years or over and in receipt of Working Tax Credit (with a relevant income of less than £15860)

Or households with persons on any of the following benefits:

 Income-related employment and support allowance

 Income-based job seeker’s allowance

 Income support or

 Working tax credit with a relevant income of £15,860 or less

And who also

 Receive the work-related activity or support component of the income-related employment and support allowance

 Have parental responsibility for a child under the age of 16 or up to their 20th birthday if they are in full-time non-advanced education who ordinarily resides with that member

 Or are in receipt of certain disability payments, including: child tax credit which includes a disability or severe disability element; a disabled child premium; a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or severe disability premium; or a pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium


Energy Companies Obligation (ECO)

The ECO was introduced in January 2013 to reduce the UK’s energy consumption and support people living in fuel poverty. It does this by funding energy efficiency improvements worth around £1.3 billion every year. 

Parliament passed the Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligation) Order 2012 on 4 December 2012 and it is now in effect. The ECO will run until March 2015, supporting the installation of energy efficiency measures in low-income households and areas, and in properties that are harder to treat. It works alongside the Green Deal to give consumers support and funding for energy efficiency improvements in their homes. 

The Green Deal and the ECO will help reduce carbon emissions from the UK’s domestic building stock, which is an essential part of the UK’s plan to meet its statutory domestic carbon emission reduction targets by 2050. 

How the ECO is funded?

The ECO will be funded by energy suppliers. 

Energy suppliers obligated under the scheme will determine how much subsidy they provide to each consumer. This may depend on consumers’ individual circumstances and the amount of Green Deal finance being used. The ECO is worth around £1.3 billion every year.

Who qualifies for the ECO?

This provides heating and insulation measures to consumers living in private tenure properties that receive particular means-tested benefits. This obligation supports low-income consumers that are vulnerable to the impact of living in cold homes, including the elderly, disabled and families. So if you receive Child tax credits, Pension credits or disability you may qualify for a free boiler. Home owners or tenants may apply.


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YOUR HOME

You must be either:

A. A home owner (that is, you own your home outright or you have a mortgage) or

B. A tenant in a privately owned property.  You will need a valid tenancy agreement to support this.  Social housing and housing association properties are excluded from the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

Free Boiler Criteria – Important additional information regarding your home

For reasons not fully explained by the organisations which provide funding for the Affordable Warmth scheme, it appears that boiler grants are not available for flats, apartments and maisonettes.  To be eligible for funding and to meet the free boiler criteria, your home must be a detached house or bungalow, a semi-detached house or bungalow, a terraced house or a town house.

YOUR STATE BENEFITS

You must meet one of the four following free boiler criteria, A, B, C or D, in respect of the state benefits which you receive :

A. Pension Credit

You receive Pension Credit, either Guaranteed Credit or Savings Credit (ordinary state pension does not qualify).

OR

B. Child Tax Credit

You receive Child Tax Credit AND your total household income is below £15,860. The important household income amount is the one shown on your current Tax Credit award letter which should include income and benefits for everyone who lives in your home.

OR

C. Income Based State Benefits

You receive any one of the following income based state benefits:

• Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (Contribution Based JSA does not qualify)
• Income Related Employment & Support Allowance (Contribution Based ESA does not qualify)
• Income Support

And one criteria from the following list also applies:

• Disabled Child Premium (this is an add-on to JSA or IS and is shown on the award letter in the benefit breakdown)
• Parental responsibility for a child under 16 years of age, who live at the property (for proof of this you must be in receipt of Child Benefit or Child Tax Credit for the child)
• Parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or over but under 20, who lives at the property and is in full-time education (not in higher education, such as at a university)
• Pension Premium, either Higher or Enhanced. (These are add-ons to Income Support and are shown on the award letter in the benefit breakdown).
• Child Tax Credit which includes a Disability or Severe Disability element
• Disability Premium, either Higher or Enhanced.  (These are add-ons to JSA, ESA or IS and are on the award letter in the benefit breakdown.  They are normally indicated on the form with the comment ‘you are sick / disabled’).
• Work Related Activity or Support Component (this applies to Income Related Employment & Support Allowance only)

OR

D. Working Tax Credit

You receive Working Tax Credit AND your total household income is below £15,860. The important household income amount is the one shown on your current Tax Credit award letter which should include income and benefits for everyone who lives in your home.

And one criteria from this following list also applies:

• You have parental responsibility for a child under 16 who lives with you at the property
• You have parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or over but under 20, who lives with you at the property and is in full-time education (not in higher education, such as at a university)
• You receive the Disabled Worker Element or Severe Disability Element
• You are aged 60 or over

Free Boiler Criteria – Important Additional Information regarding State Benefits

As part of the qualifying procedure to assess whether you satisfy the free boiler criteria you will need to provide the current year’s state benefit award letters to a surveyor and copies will be taken to support your application. If you do not have every page of your state benefit award letter it is likely that your application will not proceed. You should be able to obtain replacement copies of your state benefit award letters from the DWP.

The state benefit award letters need to be in your name, with your current address on and for the current year.  If you have recently moved house you will need to obtain new award letters with your new address on.

Benefits and allowances which are not included this scheme’s criteria are DLA (Disability Living Allowance), PIP (Personal Independence Payment), Housing Benefit, ordinary State Pension, contribution based Employment & Support Allowance and Child Benefit.

YOUR EXISTING CENTRAL HEATING BOILER

Your existing central heating boiler must be classified as both inefficient and faulty to satisfy free boiler criteria and be replaced under the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

If you do not have an existing central heating boiler which heats radiators in your home, you cannot claim for a new one as the scheme operates on a ‘replacement basis’ and this is not included in the free boiler criteria.

Boiler Efficiency

Your boiler’s efficiency is based on tests carried out at the time that it was manufactured and all central heating boilers are given an efficiency rating at that time.  Only boilers which were rated at less than 86% efficient (or rated as ‘C’ or below in the old system) can be replaced under the Affordable Warmth Scheme.  ’A’ and ‘B’ rated boilers do not satisfy the free boiler criteria and cannot be replaced under the Affordable Warmth Scheme, even if they are faulty and are less efficient than they were when they were manufactured.

Boiler Faults

To be considered for replacement under the Affordable Warmth Scheme your boiler must also have developed a fault.  Some organisations which provide the funding for this scheme will insist on pre-installation audits of boilers to check that they satisfy the free boiler criteria and if it is not considered to be faulty then it will not be replaced.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

Affordable Warmth Scheme funding includes the cost of:

  • The initial survey
  • An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • The new central heating boiler
  • The installation of the new central heating boiler
  • A limited amount of new pipe work and ancillary materials

Interested?

To register your interest in a FREE or subsidised boiler replacement please contacts us. Once contact has been made we will;

• Talk you through a telephone assessment

• Book you in for an onsite assessment where we will carry out an energy performance survey on your property

• We then submit all the information to our Green Deal provider who will come back to us with the qualifying amount for your boiler replacement

• Then we arrange for installation of your boiler

Please contact us to register your interest, funding is limited so please act quickly to avoid missing out.

To find out more call today
01484 456 456

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