Help to Heat Scheme is the proposed new name for the Government initiative which will provide heating and insulation grants to low income households.
These proposals came into effect on the 1st April 2017 and there are plans to introduce a revised Help to Heat Scheme in September 2018. The details outlined below are subject to change as regards qualifying benefits, measures included and timing of introduction.
Part of the ECO Scheme (the Energy Companies Obligation), the Help to Heat Scheme is expected to replace the Affordable Warmth Scheme from September 2018. There is expected to be a greater emphasis on tackling fuel poverty and changes are likely to be made to the qualifying criteria.
Also, for the first time, householders in social housing may be able to apply for a Help to Heat Scheme Grant if their homes have an EPC Rating of E, F or G. However, it is anticipated that although grants to install Cavity wall Insulation and Loft Insulation will be available for tenants in social housing, grants to replace inefficient heating systems may not be.
Changes to the amount of funding available
Crucially, although it is expected that there will be an overall reduction in the amount of ECO funding, more money will probably be made available for the re-named Affordable Warmth part of ECO. The illustration below shows the total amount of money spent on ECO2 and how it is expected to change for the first eighteen months of the Help to Heat Scheme.