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.
- ? Child Benefit*
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Pension Credit (Guarantee)
- Pension Credit (Savings Credit)
- Employment and support allowance (income-related)
- Jobseeker’s allowance (Income-based)
- Income Support
- Universal credit
- Working tax credit
You could also qualify through the vulnerable route if you claim the following benefits:
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
- Attendance Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Industrial injuries disablement benefit
- Mobility supplement
- Personal independence payment
- Severe disablement allowance
- War Pension Mobility Supplement
If you have a health condition or are vulnerable to the cold you can also apply for funding.
Note if Child Benefit is the only qualifying benefit you receive, you will also need to meet additional income rules detailed here.
Apply for a grant
Check eligibility for grants
Fill in the short form to see if you are eligible for Government grants.
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.
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
How much could you get?
So, if you are one of the many million Universal Credit claimants, you can start the process of applying for a home improvement grant that will knock £££s of your energy bills for years to come.