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Eco Boilers

 

 

ECO boilers all you need to know

Families on low incomes benefit from a funding scheme to heat their homes. It is called the Affordable Warmth Obligation, as part of the Energy Company Obligaton (ECO), and runs until March 2017. Big energy companies (British Gas, EDF Energy, Scottish Power, etc) are legally required to support ECO. They help qualifying residents with heating and insulation needs. Recipients must own homes or live in privately rented accommodation, not a council property, to qualify.  Boilers must also be less than 86 per cent efficient and eight years-plus old to get funding for a replacement. You may also be asked to make a modest contribution to the cost.

 

How to qualify for ECO

As long as you own your own home or you are a tenant living in privately rented accommodation (and you have your landlord’s permission) you might be eligible for a boiler grant to replace your old boiler.

But you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with an income of £16,010 or less)
  • Working Tax Credit (with an income of £16,010 or less)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment Support Allowance

Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of £1,250 or less in any assessment period in the last 12 months.  If you receive Income Support, Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance or Income-Related

Employment Support Allowance one extra condition must also apply from the following.

  • You have a child under 16 living at the property
  • You have a child under 20 in full-time education (not university) living at the property
  • You get Child Tax Credit including a disability element
  • You get a Disabled Child Premium
  • You get a Disability Premium
  • You have a Pensioner Premium
  • You have a Work Related Activity or Support Component (With Income-Related

Employment Support Allowance)

If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit one of the following must also apply:

  • You are 60 years of age or over
  • You have a child under 16 living at the property
  • You have a child under 20 in full-time education (not university) living at the property
  • You have a Severe Disability Element
  • You have a Disabled Worker Element

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of £1,250 or less in any assessment period in the last 12 months. One of the following must also apply:

  • You have a child under 16 living at the property
  • You have a child under 20 in full-time education (not university) living at the property
  • You have limited capability for work and/or work-related activity
  • You get a disability living allowance (DLA)
  • You get a Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

 

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a survey to check your availability to receive a grant for a new boiler.