Warm Front Grants – Are They A Scam ?

Warm Front Grants – Are They A Scam ?


I can certainly understand why many people think they are a scam !
This post is to explain how the Free Government Grants Scheme works and why many grant applications do fail.As a rule ( or my opinion based on  9 years’ experience in working in the Eco / Government Affordable Warmth Scheme
This is the nature of the beast unfortunately.
Please read on.


Free Grant Application Rejected?



Have you ever applied for a government grant for Free Insulation or Free Heating upgrades  in the past and not been successful?

Have you ever applied for a free government grant in the past and not even been contacted?

Have you ever applied for a free government grant in the past, had a survey and then never heard anything again?

You are in good company !





Intro To Free Warm Front Grants


Home Improvement Grant
Home Improvement Grant


Free Government Grants /Warm Front Grants for Heating & Insulation has been around for over 20 years in 1 shape or another and many thousands of people on low income benefits have enjoyed upgrades at little or no cost.

Without this useful spending of public money, many homes would still be in fuel poverty and be suffering increasing fuel bills on a yearly basis.

 The Scheme is still ongoing for 2021 with all Eco funding being aimed at a whole house approach with heating & insulation being upgraded at the same time in order to maximise carbon savings and meet government climate targets.

Ofgem stipulated that only people on low income benefits (homeowners or private tenants) that were in fuel poverty should benefit from heating & insulation upgrades as they would not be able to afford the required costs involved which could run into thousands of pounds.

Some boilers and Storage Heaters particularly those in rental properties were in desperate need of replacement but many landlords were unwilling to invest in such a large purchase and so these properties had massive heating bills for their tenants.

This scheme was probably the only opportunity that many tenants had to upgrade their old heating.


Are These Grants To Help People In Fuel Poverty?


Er no.

BEIS & Ofgem, who administer the scheme have little or zero interest in people living in fuel poverty even though they do make the right noises in their 200 page white papers.

Blah blah blah

The Eco Schemes unfortunately, only help those that live in high carbon saving properties (off gas homes & large detached properties) and sod the rest.



Applied For Lots Of  Grants and Not Been Successful?

Boiler Scrappage Scheme
Boiler Scrappage Scheme

The criteria for grant eligibility is very strict with the government changing the goal posts quite regularly over the years.

 The government do set out strict guidelines which have to be met by all applicants in order to enable access to public money.

Sometimes these rules are very unfair but there does not seem to be an appeals process and very little consultation either unfortunately.



Failed Applications


Home Improvement Grants 2022
Home Improvement Grants 2022


·        There have been many thousands (possibly over 1million ) of failed applications for a Grants over the last 10 years.

This is a lot of surveys carried out for no reward.

·        As A Rough Estimate ( Based on my 9years’ experience in the industry ) Only 1 in 10 grant applications in the UK results In A Successful Install.

This means that there are thousands of household surveys undertaken every year which do not result in any benefit for the installers or applicants.

·        All People Working On These Schemes Are Usually Self Employed And Are only Paid On Successful Installs – No Install = No Payment.


Wasted Time On Surveys


All applicants will have gone through what is quite a very intrusive process.

They will:

·         Have provided access to their personal details including name, address, dates of birth and provided benefits letters etc.

  • Have filled in all the necessary paperwork.
  • Have allowed surveyors into their property to measure up and taken photos of all their rooms and lofts.


No Communication On Survey Results

In many cases a lot of clients had all the surveys and then …………………….SILENCE.

It does seem that many Eco companies have falled shy of informing the client of a failed application and the client is left wondering.

 Many are reluctant to have the difficult conversation with the client especially as they know the client is going to be very unhappy.

It is little wonder that lots of people do believe that these grants are a scam and who can blame them.



Why Do Grant Applications Fail?

Unfortunately, these government schemes for heating & insulation are purely set up with government statistics at the very forefront.

Saving as much carbon as possible so that carbon targets are met is always the priority.


Many applicants are found not to qualify usually because:

·        They do not receive a qualifying benefit.

·        They live in a non-qualifying property – i.e social housing , housing association, charity owned home ,

·        Funding restrictions based on the property type & number of bedrooms.

·        Age of heating to be upgraded is too new.

·        Cherry Picking by installers – unprofitable jobs sent to the back of the queue or were quietly deleted.

·        Eco Installer is of poor quality. Enough said.






Which grant applications have a high risk of being rejected?


Home Improvement Grants
Home Improvement Grants

Applications from small properties & Gas Heated Properties are virtually worthless and most of these application are forwarded to the Recycling Department (Dustbin) on a daily basis .

This department is highly manned by most eco companies and does keep lots of people in work by sorting “No Value Applications” which do make up the majority of claims!



List of the 5 top failed grant applications.

The list is not exhaustive.


1 Heating Grants — Common Failures


At the time of writing there is little or no funding for the following heating measures.

·        Oil boilers – NO FUNDING

·        LPG boilers – NO FUNDING

·        Warm Air Heating – NO FUNDING

·        Back boilers – MINIMAL FUNDING


2 – Boiler Grant Scheme – Common Rejections


  • Property type has low funding – flats, mid terraced, maisonettes, park homes, other small ones.
  • Boiler age – either to new or too old
  • Customer contributions will be too high.
  • Property unable to have an insulation measure to go with it.


3 – Free Central Heating– Common Rejections


Eco 3 Grants
  • Property type has low funding – flats, mid terraced, maisonettes, park homes, other small ones. Customer contribution needed .

·        The property has had central heating fitted in the past.

·        Property does not have gas in the area


4 -Storage Heater Grant Applications – Common Rejections

  • Property type has low funding – flats, mid terraced, maisonettes, park homes, other small ones.

Customer contribution needed which usually does not go down well!

  • EPC states storage heaters present

The majority of funding is geared to the exchange of electric room heaters so Electric Storage Heaters need a customer contribution



5 -Free Insulation – Common Failures

  • Property type has low funding – flats, mid terraced, maisonettes, park homes, other small ones.
  • Property is gas heated

·        EPC states existing insulation is satisfactory


Conclusion – More funding for Smaller Properties Please



As previously stated these Government grant schemes have always been about reducing carbon emissions to assist government statistics and not about helping people in fuel poverty.

The funding is always targeted ( UNFAIRLY ) at the larger  houses in the UK  and always will be until Joe Public catch on to this and start gluing themselves to the  motorways.

Until Ofgem & BEIS change their policy regarding smaller properties, it will be more of the same unfortunately and lots more people will lose confidence in these government schemes.

Do try again as you may be lucky this time !




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