David Cox, the NLA’s Senior Policy Officer, shares a last chance call for Warm Front funding.
I’m sure you’ll have heard about the Green Deal, the Government’s new vehicle to make all properties more energy efficient. The Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation schemes will replace the Warm Front, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) grants.
However, before you give up on the older schemes, there is still funding in the Warm Front pot that needs to be used. Landlords and tenants have until this Saturday, the 19th January 2013, to apply to the scheme which pays towards measures to improve the heating or insulation of properties.
The Warm Front grant installs insulation and heating measures for people receiving certain disability or income-related benefits such as pension credits, income support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit. The scheme is available to people who rent from a private landlord or own their own home. For more details visit the NLA’s Warm Front campaign page.
If the scheme doesn’t receive any further applications, the money will be returned to central government and spent in other ways. It’s important that those in need of the measures apply for funding before the scheme comes to a close on Saturday – a warm home should be a given not a luxury.
If you think your tenants may be eligible for the Warm Front scheme, call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.
After the 19th January, help and support will be available under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). ECO is split into three elements; hard to treat homes, affordable warmth and carbon saving communities. For more information, visit http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/tackling/green_deal/gd_industry/eco/eco.aspx