There is financial assistance and advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating system and reduce your fuel bills.
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council ECO: Help to Heat Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent.
If you own your home or rent from a private landlord and have a low income or poor health you could qualify for a range of discounted home improvements including loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, electric storage heaters or an LPG/Oil boiler.
We are working in partnership with local charity, Beat the Cold, to assist you in making an application. The contact details are: Beat the Cold, The Bridge Centre Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 8DD. Telephone: 01782 683813.
View our Statement of Intent for more details regarding the scheme and eligibility.
ECO Affordable Warmth
You might be able to get help for energy-saving improvements to your home if you either:
- claim certain benefits and live in private housing (for example you own your home or rent from a private landlord)
- live in social housing
Contact the Energy Saving Advice Service or your energy supplier to find out if you’re eligible for help. They will tell you how to apply if you’re eligible. Telephone: 0300 123 1234
Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm https://www.gov.uk/energy-company-obligation
Winter Fuel Payment
This is a tax free benefit to help pay for heating during winter. You could be eligible if you have reached the qualifying age and any money you get will not affect your other benefits.
Cold Weather Payment
You may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits. You’ll get a payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees Celsius or below for seven consecutive days.
Warm Home Discount Scheme
You could get a discount off your winter electricity bill under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. The money isn’t paid to you - it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill between October and March. The discount won’t affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment
British Gas Energy Trust
If you are struggling to pay your domestic gas and electricity bills help may be available from the British Gas Energy Trust. Follow this link to British Gas Energy Trust (External Link).
Keeping Warm – keeping well
The Government has produced the following guidance for the over 60s, low-income families and people living with a disability to help them keep warm and well this winter.
Smart meters show you what you're spending in pounds and pence; no more estimated bills or supplying meter readings. Smart meters allow you to take control of your energy use, so you can save your energy for other things.
Smart Energy GB - https://www.smartenergygb.org/en provides information on smart meters, the rollout and how to use these meters to get your gas and electricity under control.
Last updated 22 January 2019