Keeping a home warm can come at a cost, whether that’s via the central heating or by carrying out improvements to the building’s insulation. That’s why some benefits recipients may be able to get help from their energy supplier. If they claim certain benefits and live in private housing or live in social housing, then an individual may be able to get help for energy-saving improvement to their home. They may get help with the cost of insulation work, for instance in their loft or cavity walls.
Assistance in covering the cost of replacing or repairing one’s boiler, or making other upgrades to heating, may also be available.
The Gov.uk website details who may be eligible for help, under the Affordable Warmth Obligation.
Eligible people who live in private housing
If a person gets one of the following benefits and lives in private housing, then they may be able to get help:
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Pension Guarantee Credit – one will not be eligible if they only claim Pension Savings Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Disability Living Allowance
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits
- War Pensions Mobility Supplement
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Child Benefit
It points out that if a person rents their home, then they must have the owner’s permission to do the work.
Social housing tenants
Social housing tenants who live in a home that has an energy efficiency rating of E, F or G may be eligible for help with insulation or installing a heating system for the first time.
Recipients of certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest may be able to get a Cold Weather Payment.
This can be paid if the average temperature in the area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below for seven days in a row.
Eligible people will get £25 for each seven day period of this very cold weather between November 1 and March 31.
After the period, those able to get the payment should receive it within 14 working days.
The amount is paid into the same bank or building society account as the benefits payments.
Those who may be eligible for the payment include some of those who receive Universal Credit and Pension Credit.