Central Heating Grants from the ECO Scheme

Central Heating Grants in England from the Government's ECO Scheme

Central heating grants in England are available to pay for the installation of gas central heating in homes which have never had central heating before.

Under new rules introduced with the start of ECO4 on 1st April 2022, homes must have an existing mains gas supply to qualify for a grant to install central heating for the first time.

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Central Heating Grants In England

Central heating grants in England are available to home owners and private tenants and there are two ways to qualify:

To qualify for the central heating grants in England scheme you need to satisfy one of the following conditions:

You or someone who lives permanently with you must receive one of the qualifying benefits (please see the list below),

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You may qualify under ‘LA Flex‘ rules where, although you do not receive any of the qualifying benefits your local council may recommend that you qualify for a grant to install central heating. This may apply if you have to pay a substantial portion of your income to keep your home warm.

Central Heating Grants in England are available for the installation of gas central heating into homes which do not have, and have not previously had a central heating system.

Qualifying State Benefits for the Central Heating Grants in England Scheme are:

There are two ways to qualify for Central Heating Grants in England:

Either you or someone living permanently in your home must receive at least one of the following State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances:

  • Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Credit – Savings Credit

(Over one million pensioners are entitled to Pension Credit but don’t claim it. To check whether you are eligible click HERE go to the Government website.)

  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Child Benefit (subject to maximum household income thresholds)
  • Housing Benefit

OR via ECO Flex Rules

You may qualify under ECO Flex rules where, although you do not receive any of the qualifying benefits your local council may recommend that you qualify for a grant to install central heating. This may apply if you have to pay a substantial portion of your income to keep your home warm.

Central Heating Grants in England FAQs

1. Are Central Heating Grants only available in England?

No, grants from the Government’s ECO Scheme are available to householders in England, Scotland and Wales.

Central heating grants in England are not available in Northern Ireland which has a separate scheme.

2. Who can apply for Central Heating Grants in England?

To qualify under the ECO Scheme you must be a home owner or a tenant in a privately rented home.

To qualify under the ECO Flex Scheme you need to satisfy your Local Authority’s rules. Every council can set it’s own rules. Some councils do not take part in the scheme and of those that do, some exclude private tenants.

Householders who live in council owned homes, shared ownership homes and homes owned by a housing association do not qualify for central heating grants in England.

3. My home has had the central heating system removed, will I still qualify?

Unfortunately, no.

The full name of the central heating grants in England scheme is ‘First Time Central Heating Grants Scheme’, which means that it is a grant to install central heating for the first time. If your home has had central heating before, even if it has been removed, you will not qualify.

4. My home doesn't have a mains gas supply, will I still qualify for a central heating grant?

Unfortunately Not

If your home doesn’t have a mains gas supply, you will not qualify for a first time central heating grant. This rule was introduced as part of ECO4 which started on 1st April 2022.

If your gas supply has been capped off you need to get a “Live / Dead” check carried out by Cadent (or the relevant supplier for your area).

If Live, you may need to arrange for a gas meter to be installed, if dead, this means that a new gas feed is required.  Cadent live/dead check number is 0845 835 1111.

5. Do I need to receive benefits to qualify for a grant to install central heating?

Not necessarily.

There are two ways to qualify for first time central heating grants in England:

  1. You, or someone who lives permanently with you, receives one of the qualifying state benefits, tax credits or other allowances.
  2. You do not receive any benefits but you may qualify if you need to pay a substantial part of your household income to keep your home warm. This is referred to as the ECO Flex or LA Flex scheme where your local council can recommend that you qualify for a grant to install central heating even though you don’t receive benefits.

6. I would like to apply for a grant to have central heating installed in my home, what should I do next?

Firstly, to apply for the Central Heating Grants in England Scheme you need to complete the form on this page of the website and it will be automatically emailed to us.

We will telephone you to confirm all of the information on the form and to arrange a free survey of your home and any heating system it currently has.

If you receive one of the qualifying benefits, with your permission we will carry out an automated check with the DWP that you do qualify. We don’t see any information about your benefits, we simply get a Yes / No answer as to whether you qualify.

If you are a home owner and you don’t receive benefits, we will complete the ECO Flex forms with you to apply for funding from your local council.

Once the relevant permissions have been granted, your new central heating system can be installed and the installer won’t be paid until it is complete and you are happy with it.

Central Heating Grants in England from the Government’s ECO Scheme or your Local Council

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