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Affordable Warmth grant scheme

If you live in Northern Ireland and you need help to pay for energy efficiency improvements you may be eligible for the government’s Affordable Warmth Scheme. The scheme provides a package of energy-efficiency and heating measures, tailored to each household.

This scheme is only available if you live in Northern Ireland and in an area being targeted by your local council.

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible if you are an owner occupier or householder of a privately rented property and your gross annual household income is less than £20,000.

In the case of a privately rented property you must be named on the Tenancy Agreement. Your landlord must also be registered with the Department for Social Development’s Landlord Registration scheme and give consent for any energy efficiency improvements to be done. Your landlord will also have to contribute towards the cost of the work.

What energy efficiency measures are available?

Here is a prioritised list of measures available under the Affordable Warmth scheme:

 

Priority rating

Conditions in existing property

Improvement measures available

Priority 1 - Insulation

No cavity wall insulation

Install cavity wall insulation

 

Ineffective cavity wall insulation

Remove and replace cavity wall insulation

 

No loft insulation or below minimum

Installation or top up of roof space insulation to 270mm

 

No hot water jacket

Install hot water jacket

 

Ineffective or no draught proofing

Draught proof windows/doors

Priority 2 - Heating

No heating system exists

Installation of natural gas or oil heating

 

Conversion of existing LPG or solid fuel system

Installation of natural gas or oil heating

 

Conversion of Economy 7

Conversion to natural gas (or oil where natural gas isn't available) or conversion to high efficiency storage system

 

Householder 65 or over, or with child under 16, or receiving a disability benefit and with a boiler over 15 years old

Boiler replacement and new radiators where required

 

Heating system exists without controls

Add heating controls

 

Heating system exists but radiators defective

Replace radiators as needed

Priority 3 - Windows

Windows in disrepair

Repair/replace windows with double glazing if draught proofing is not possible

Priority 4 - Solid wall

Solid wall with no insulation

Internal/external insulation

How does the Affordable Warmth scheme work?

Council staff will:

  • contact households they have identified as being most affected by fuel poverty and ask you to complete a short survey
  • send completed surveys to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE)
  • with your agreement request that the Social Security Agency’s ‘Make the Call’ team complete a benefit entitlement check to make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to

NIHE staff will then:

  • complete a technical survey, usually within six weeks of the initial council survey being completed
  • decide if you qualify for the scheme
  • work with you to get energy efficiency improvement work done by local installers
  • arrange payment of the grant

Once the Housing Executive has given written approval for the energy efficiency work to be done, you can either arrange for an installer of your choice or select one from a Housing Executive list to do the work.

Please note that:

  • the Housing Executive list is not an approved list
  • installers should normally be accredited to a relevant trade body

When the council's Building Control department certifies the work has been completed to Building Control Regulation standards the Housing Executive will arrange for payment to be made

Access to the Affordable Warmth scheme

All local councils across Northern Ireland will be targeting households identified as eligible for energy efficiency improvement work under this scheme. Areas considered most in need of energy efficiency measures will be contacted first.

Further information

Further information on the Affordable Warmth scheme

Telephone 02838313641 or Email AW@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk .

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Contact Info

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council,  
PO Box 66, Lakeview Road, 
Craigavon, Co. Armagh, BT64 1AL [View Map]
Tel: 0300 0300 900 or +44 (0) 28 38312400
Fax: +44 (0) 28 38312444
Minicom: +44 (0) 28 38329757
Email: info@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

Irish and Ulster Scots Voicemail Service

The Council now provides an Irish and Ulster Scots voicemail service for any member of the public who wishes to ring using these languages. Simply ring the Council and ask to be put through to the service.  You will then hear a voicemail message in that language and be asked to leave your message.  We will then have your message translated and a response sent.
 
 

 

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