What other schemes are available to help you with the cost of installing new heating systems

Jan 11th 2010

The Warm Front Scheme in England, which provides owner occupier or privately rented households with a package of insulation and/or heating measures up to a maximum value of £3,500 (or £6,000 where oil, low carbon or renewable technologies are recommended).

Measures include:

i) Loft insulation
ii) Draught proofing
iii) Cavity wall insulation
iv) Hot water tank insulation
v) Repairs of an existing herating system
vi) Gas, electric, oil central heating
vi) Conversion of a solid fuel fire to a glass-fronted fire

All successful grant applicant's homes will be visited by a trained Technical Surveyor/Assessor, who will determine the full requirements of each individual property.

If you meet the following criteria then you may be eligible for the Warm Front Scheme.

1. Householders aged 60 or over in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

* Income Support
* Council Tax Benefit
* Housing Benefit
* Job Seekers Allowance (income-based)
* Pension Credit
* Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

2. Householders with a child under 16, or pregnant women with maternity certificate MAT-B1, in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

* Income Support
* Council Tax Benefit
* Housing Benefit
* Job Seekers Allowance (income-based)
* Pension Credit
* Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

3. Householders in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

* Working Tax Credit (with an income of less than £16,040, which must include a disability element)
* Disability Living Allowance
* Child Tax Credit (with an income of less than £16,040)
* Housing Benefit (which must include a disability premium)
* Income Support (which must include a disability premium)
* Council Tax Benefit (which must include a disability premium)
* War Disablement Pension (which must include a mobility supplement or Constant Attendance Allowance)
* Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (which must include Constant Attendance Allowance)
* Attendance Allowance

If you think that you are eligible for Warm Front you should visit their website ,www.warmfront.co.uk, or call their enquiry line on 0800 316 2805 to see what help can be provided before you proceed with an application under the boiler scrappage scheme.