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What is the Help to Heat Scheme?

The Help to Heat Scheme is the proposed new name for the ECO Scheme

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.

Social Housing

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.

On 1st April 2017 ECO 2 ended and ECO 2 Transition started. The parts of ECO are:

  • AW: Affordable Warmth Scheme (to be re-named the Help to Heat Scheme) providing grants for householders receiving State Benefits to replace central heating boilers and storage heaters and to install cavity wall insulation and loft insulation.
  • CSCO: Carbon Saving Community Obligation providing grants to install cavity wall insulation and loft insulation to households in the most deprived areas.
  • CERO: Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation providing grants to help pay for the installation of cavity wall insulation and loft insulation for all households in the UK.
Help to Heat Scheme - ECO2 and ECO Transitional period annual funding
Help to Heat Scheme FAQs

Who qualifies for a Grant from the Help to Heat Scheme?

There are two main groups of people who may qualify for a Help to Heat Grant:

1. Householders who live in their own home or one privately rented will be able to apply for a Help to Heat Scheme Grant to replace heating systems or install insulation if they receive one of the following:

• Guaranteed Pension Credit,

• Child Tax Credit,

• Working Tax Credit,

• Universal Credit,

• Income Support,

• Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance or

• Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance.

Maximum household income thresholds exist for householders in receipt of Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit based on the number of adults and children living in the property.

 2. Householders in social housing will be able to apply for a Help to Heat Grant to install insulation if their home has an energy efficiency rating of E, F or G from their EPC (Energy Performance Certificate).

Which products are available from the Help to Heat Scheme?

Eligible measures under the Help to Heat Scheme are expected to be:

• Electric storage heaters.

• Central heating boilers including gas, oil, LPG and solid fuel, although the number of gas boilers which can be installed will be limited to 25,000 per year.

• Full central heating systems for homes which do not currently have central heating. This will include a boiler, radiators, pipework and heating controls.

• Renewable heating systems.

• Heating controls.

• Cavity Wall Insulation.

• Loft Insulation.

How long will the Help to Heat Scheme last?

It is proposed that the transitional part of the Help to Heat Scheme will start in April 2017 and run for 18 months.

The reason for the transitional period is to allow more time to design a scheme which combats fuel poverty effectively. During this 18 month period a consultation will take place to determine the rules for the scheme if it is extended. Current Government proposals suggest that the Help to Heat Scheme will be extended to March 2022.

The following graphic highlights the changes to the ECO Scheme over time:

Help to Heat Scheme - ECO 2 changes to Fuel Poverty Obligation and Help to Heat

Storage Heater Grant Application Form

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  • 1. About Your Home

    Storage Heater Grants are not available for Council Tenants or Housing Association Tenants
  • This is a Storage Heater Replacement Scheme, ECO Grants are only available to replace faulty storage heaters
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Boiler Grant Application Form

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  • About Your Home and Your Boiler

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