Gov Uk Grants- Free Home Improvement Grants 2022
Eco 4 Is coming!
July 1 2022 is the day that the Eco industry changes for the better for the benefit of the whole UK!
Many more houses in need will become eligible for grant funding to upgrade their home insulation and heating.
Insulation Facts Up To 2022
70 % of homes (14.5 million properties )now have cavity wall insulation
66% of homes ( 16.8 million properties ) now have loft insulation
9 % of homes ( 794,000 properties ) now have solid wall insulation
What Is Eco 4 ?
ECO 4 is the next stage of the Government scheme to upgrade heating and insulation for those on means tested benefits in the UK.
1 billion £ per year has been earmarked to be spent for the next 4 years on improvements to reduce the UK carbon footprint and reduce energy costs for the most vulnerable people who are on a low income.
Funding For Eco 4
ECO 4 will be a PAS (Publicly Available Specification) led fabric first approach, therefore compliance with PAS 2030 and PAS2035 will be required.
Eco 4 will run from July 1 2022- 2026 and will cost £4 billion in total.
This is an increase in funding for the previous schemes of around 25 % to show the UK commitment to carbon zero targets.
What Is The Main Focus For Eco4 ?
INSULATION, INSULATION, AND INSULATION!
For Eco 4 only homes ( home owned and private rented ) with an energy efficiency band of D to G will be eligible for grant funding. This is so the funding will only be aimed at the worst insulated homes in the UK
The minimum requirement will be for F & G bands to be increased to D and for E & D bands to be increased to C.
For Social Housing and the Private Rented Sector (PRS), ECO 4 will support the least efficient homes in bands E to G only.
What Heating Upgrades Are Available For Eco 4 ?
A broken boiler and electric storage heating (ESH) replacement cap for efficient heating will be set at 5,000 per year. This will not last long and will probably run out in the first 3 months.
Inefficient heating systems upgraded with efficient heating will not be subject to a cap.
Repairs will be capped at 5,000 homes per year, subject to certain conditions.
Eco 4 In A NutShell
- A minimum target of improving 150,000 private tenure homes in E, F & G bands to a minimum target of D.
- A solid wall minimum target of 90,000 solid wall measures over the 4-year scheme,- includes both internal wall and external wall insulation.
- To get first time central heating, you will be required to have solid wall insulation, or cavity wall insulation.
- No replacement or installation of Oil or LPG tanks.
- 35% off-gas rural uplift for Scotland and Wales.
- LA-Flex increased to 50% for energy companies. This is a new scheme to target households on low incomes, but not in receipt of benefits.
Which Benefits Qualify For The Grant ?
- Child Benefit *
- Child Tax Credit
- Employment & Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Pension Credit – Guarantee
- Pension Credit – Savings
- Universal Credit
- Working Tax Credit
No Benefits ? – LA FLEX & LAD SCHEMES AVAILABLE
You could still qualify Under The Local Authority LAD / LA FLEX Scheme which is scheme where many local councils allow people not on benefits to qualify for grants.
Each council has their own criteria but usually your household income needs to be below £30000. Some Councils Less.
Check your councils statement of intent.
You will need to provide :
- 3 months bank statements
- utility bill
- A Completed Application form.
Not sure If You Qualify? – We advise you apply for a grant as you may be sucessful.
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