Discount and Energy Grant Schemes
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Please read this important information for customers needing help with paying their energy bills or servicing for their home from engineers during the Covid-19 restrictions.
Following government advice and the relaxation of lockdown rules, work is re-starting on the Grant Schemes below with enhanced safety measures in place. Screening questions will be asked before works commence, and operatives will maintain social distancing.
The UK Government announced on 27 March 2021 that, following a review, the Green Home Grant Voucher Scheme will close to new applications on 31 March 2021 at 5pm (all valid applications received through the Green Homes Grant Voucher scheme up to 5pm on 31 March 2021 will be processed).
Funding for eligible households (in receipt of benefits or on a low income with a health condition that is impacted by living in a cold home) to be connected to the gas mains, and financial assistance towards the cost of a first-time gas central heating system. This funding is for either owned or privately rented homes that do not have:-
- a gas meter/ pipework connecting to the gas mains
- and is near to existing mains gas
If you are interested in finding out more please contact email@example.com
Financial assistance is available for energy efficiency measures, for example cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, room in roof insulation, solid wall insulation, renewable heating. Eligibility is dependent on the home having an Energy Performance Certificate rating of E, F or G, and the resident being in receipt of certain benefits or on a low income with a vulnerability to living in a cold home (outlined in DDC’s LA Flex statement of intent)
To arrange an assessment call Aran Services on 0800 5877795 or 01284 812520.
Latest changes to ECO (ECO2t) enable Local Authorities to refer residents for assistance who are in fuel poverty, on a low income and are vulnerable to living in a cold home due to age/ health conditions, and who have previously not qualified for assistance under previous benefit-based schemes.
It now includes a wider package of assistance for residents who are in fuel poverty, on a low income or are vulnerable to living in a cold home due to age/health conditions.
The additional eligibility criteria are set out under DDC Statement of Intent Version 2 (18 June 2018)
DDC Statement of Intent Version 1 SUPERSEDED (19 May 2017)
This grant is intended to reduce the number of cold homes occupied by older people with long-term health conditions. It will pay for heating or insulation (normally replacement boilers) where the applicant is over 60 and has a long-term illness. The maximum grant is £7,000. In some long-term health conditions the applicant can be under 60. Confirmation is required from a health professional that the applicant has a long-term health condition. Please call 01304 872397.
The Council can also provide financial assistance to help towards the cost of heating, insulation and other works to your property
The scheme is designed to drive forward the uptake of renewable heat technologies in homes across Great Britain to cut carbon, help meet renewables targets and save money on bills. Eligible producers will be paid for each unit (kWh) of heat produced.
Government funded. £100- £300 per eligible household. If you have reached the qualifying age (born on or before 26 September 1955), and lived in Great Britain or Northern Ireland on any day between week of 20 to 26 September 2021. You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you get the State Pension or another social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit). Most payments are made automatically between November and December.
Warm Home Discount Scheme is a one-off discount of £140 on your electricity bill (usually between September and March).
You should automatically qualify if on 4 July 2021 you were getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, your electricity supplier is part of the scheme and your name (or partner’s) was on the bill. You should receive a letter, if not contact the Warm Home Discount Scheme on 0800 731 0214.
You may also qualify if you’re on a low income/ get certain means-tested benefits - check with your supplier to see if you’re eligible .
The discount won’t affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.
You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits. Payments are made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.
You’ll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March. Payments will be paid within 14 working days into the same bank/ building society as your benefit payments.
The Priority Services Register (PSR) is a free service provided by suppliers and network operators (UK Power Networks, SGN) to customers in need (each supplier and network maintain their own register). The PSR is available to residents who are of pensionable age, disabled or chronically sick, have a long-term medical condition, have a hearing or visual impairment or additional communication needs, are in a vulnerable situation. To be added to the Priority Services Register contact your energy supplier/ network provider
The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) is launching a Cold Weather Priority (CWP) Initiative for the off-grid sector this October. This initiative has been developed to identify those most at risk, and ensure delivery to these customers can be prioritised during periods of extreme cold, or fuel shortages. Check if your local supplier is involved visit cold weather priority or contact your nearest Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) member – find your nearest supplier.
A new fund to help vulnerable customers who may be struggling financially or need additional help in some way, such as with repairs in the home or white goods.
- Up to 50% one year bill reduction for customers who have hit temporary hard times.
- Debt write-off of up to £2,000 for customers who have managed to get back on track with payments but will never be able to repay their debt.
- Grant of up to £1,000 to make improvements to a customer’s home (this might be the purchase of white goods that a customer cannot afford to replace, repairs to heating or water systems that they cannot afford, etc.)
Call: Southern Water Affordability Team on 0800 027 0800
Some utility companies offer help to customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills. See if your energy provider can offer you some help:-
Dover District Council has extended its successful town centre business grants scheme to help small businesses who want to reduce their carbon footprint, become more energy efficient, and cut their costs. Small businesses with up to 10 employees can benefit from a Green Energy Grant for up to 50% of their project costs, up to £10,000.
Tel: 01304 872128