Shropshire Council are inviting expressions of interest from residents and landlords to the Sustainable Warmth Programme. Grants are available for a range of insulation and heating measures, following a whole house approach.
Things to note before you submit your expression of interest:
- Grants are currently only available to 'off gas' homes - properties that are not heated by mains gas.
- The scheme follows a whole house approach - this means that we must look to install fabric measures (i.e. windows, doors, insulation) first, before changing or improving heating systems.
- This is not a crisis/emergency scheme. The grant process does take time. Successful applicants will require several different assessments before measures are installed.
- Works must be carried out by the Council's procured contractors. We can not fund works retrospectively.
- Applicants must have lived in their property for a minimum of 6 months and properties must be occupied. The scheme is not intended to support large-scale home renovation projects or refurbishments.
- Private tenants can apply, although your landlord will need to consent to all works and will be expected to make a financial contribution. Social Housing Tenants cannot apply. Landlords that rent out more than four (4) properties do not qualify.
- Residents need to meet certain qualifying criteria, and your property will also need to meet certain criteria. All works are subject to survey and funding availability.
There are three qualification routes:
Route 1 - Households in receipt of means-tested benefits (including Pension Credit Guarantee, Universal Credit, ESA and Child or Working Tax Credits etc)
The recipient of the qualifying benefit must be a permanent adult resident of the property. To progress through the grant scheme you will need to provide evidence of your benefit entitlement at a later stage.
Route 2 - Annual household income threshold
Households not in receipt of government benefits can still qualify for grants if their gross annual household income is below £31,000 per year.
Remember to include the income of all adults who are permanently resident at home. Income should include that from employment, rental payments, pensions and investments.
Residents in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Carers/Attendance Allowance can discount these payments from their household income.
You will be asked to provide evidence of your household income to support your claim.
If you are unsure about how to calculate your household income, you can contact the KSW team for support and advice by calling 0800 112 3743 or emailing email@example.com
Route 3 - Flexible eligibility
Households qualify automatically for grant support if they
- Receive a council tax rebate (excluding the single person rebates)
- Have a long-term health condition and or disability that is affected by a cold home
- Receive free school meals.
If you meet the criteria
Once you have submitted your form, an advisor will contact you to discuss the next steps.
If you would prefer a paper copy of this form, please request this through Keep Shropshire Warm by calling the team on 0800 112 3743.
For details how we store and process your personal information please read the privacy notice.
The Sustainable Warmth Shropshire programme is currently comprised of grants from the Home Upgrade Grants (HUG) Phase 2 scheme and runs between April 2023 to March 2025.