Central Heating Grants from the ECO Scheme

Gas Central Heating Grants for Pensioners are available from the Government's ECO Scheme if your home has never had central heating installed before

Gas Central Heating Grants for Pensioners are available if:

Your home has never had a central heating system fitted since it was built AND

You own your home (owned outright or mortgaged) or you rent it from a private landlord AND

You or someone living with them receives one of the qualifying State Benefits OR you qualify under ECO Flex Rules. 

Gas Central Heating Grants For Pensioners

Gas Central heating grants for pensioners are available from the Government’s ECO Scheme.

You may qualify for gas central heating grants for pensioners if:

  1. You live in your own home or one you rent from a private landlord.
  2. You receive one of the qualifying benefits such as Guaranteed Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit or one of the Armed Forces Allowances. (See the full list of benefits on the home page HERE or lower down this page) OR your local authority approves your application under ECO Flex rules.
  3. Your home has NEVER had a central heating system fitted before.

The Government’s own statistics suggest that there is a large number of pensioners who are entitled to Guaranteed Pension Credit but who don’t claim it. You can apply on the Government website HERE and it WILL NOT affect your entitlement to the Winter Fuel Allowance.

Central Heating Grant Application Form

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  • We need this to confirm that you qualify for a central heating grant

Gas Central Heating Grants for Pensions Qualifying Criteria

To qualify for Gas Central Heating Grants for Pensioners, either you or someone living permanently with you, must receive at least one of the following State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances unless you qualify under ECO Flex Rules:

  • Guaranteed Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Child Benefit (subject to maximum household income thresholds)
  • War Pensions Mobility Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

ECO Flex Rules allow local councils to recommend that a householder qualifies for the gas central heating grants for pensioners scheme without the need to receive one of the qualifying benefits above.

Also, to qualify for the gas central heating grants for pensioners scheme your home must currently have one of the following heating systems OR no heating at all.
  1. Electric room heaters
  2. Inefficient electric storage heaters
  3. Gas room heaters
  4. Gas fire with back boiler
  5. Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler
  6. Electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not an electric boiler)
  7. Bottled LPG room heaters
  8. Solid fossil fuel room heaters
  9. Wood or biomass room heaters
  10. Oil room heaters

The heating system used to assess whether you qualify for Gas Central Heating Grants for Pensioners  is the one which appears as the ‘Main Heating’ system on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your home.

You can see your EPC HERE if you live in England or Wales and HERE if you live in Scotland.

Gas Central Heating Grants For Pensioners
Gas Central Heating Grants For Pensioners

Gas Central Heating Grants For Pensioners from the Government’s ECO Scheme