In addition to a loss of income, households could also be facing a rise in energy-bills due to more time spent at home and cold weather approaching. Many will be coming to grips with the benefits system for the first time and starting to understand the rules, regulations and complexities around making a claim.
However, there is a little known silver lining for these claimants. Anyone who has claimed Universal Credit successfully will also be eligible for home improvements under the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- ? Child Benefit*
- Child Tax Credit
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Income Support
- Pension Credit (Guarantee)
- Employment and support allowance (income-related)
- Jobseeker’s allowance (Income-based)
- Income Support
- Industrial injuries disablement benefit
- Mobility supplement
- Personal independence payment
- Severe disablement allowance
- Universal credit
- War Pension Mobility Supplement
- Working tax credit
Covid-19 and eligibility
You will still be eligible if you return to work as you can claim for a period of 18 months after claiming benefits.
What grants are available?
There are a range of energy-efficiency measures that can be installed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, including boiler upgrades, home insulation and heating upgrades. The Scheme is funded by the major energy companies and if you claim benefits, you are entitled to this funding.
Table: Measures available under the Energy Company Obligation Scheme:
How much could you get?
A range of insulation options are included in the scheme including cavity wall insulation, underfloor insulation, loft insulation, room in roof insulation and solid wall insulation
So, if you are one of the many million new Universal Credit claimants due to Covid-19, you can start the process of applying for a home improvement grant that will knock £££s of your energy bills for years to come, well after the pandemic has passed.