How do people on Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit qualify for a heating grant?
Free grants for central heating are being offered now to help with the price of a replacement boiler or a whole heating system where no central heating system has been previously installed. The free government-backed heating grants are part of a scheme called the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). Householders who receive Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit can access the grants that will pay the full cost of the work required and won’t need to be repaid.
According to the ECO scheme, the UK’s major energy suppliers will cover the expense instead of all the work required to help tackle the country’s fuel poverty problem. The ECO scheme was created to help low-income homeowners to receive lower fuel bills by installing more efficient home heating systems.
Depending on the kind of property involved and its heating system’s efficiency, the homeowner may be asked to contribute.
How do the central heating grants work?
The free heating grants now available from the ECO scheme can be accessed by private tenants and landlords, along with UK homeowners, but a resident at the property must meet certain criteria and be receiving a qualifying benefit.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is counted as a qualifying benefit that will entitle a homeowner to aid from the ECO heating scheme, so if a person is in receipt of this benefit at the property, they will be eligible to receive a grant.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is awarded to people who become disabled or fall ill due to a disease or accident either on an approved work training scheme or at work itself. The benefit amount received will vary according to a person’s individual circumstances.
How do the free heating grants for those on Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit work?
As a person in receipt of the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, you can apply via an online form and a no-obligation survey of your heating system will take place free of charge. After an assessment, your new system or boiler will be fitted, and you can recover all costs for the work from the ECO grant.
What sort of heating systems qualify for a free ECO grant?
If the existing heating system on your property uses a boiler that is either 5 years old or more and has an efficiency rating somewhere between C and G, the system should qualify for a grant that will cover its replacement with an energy-efficient model with an A-rating.
Heating grants are also accessible by homeowners that will cover any cost to install a full central heating system when a property has no central heating installed whatsoever.