Free Boiler Criteria for the Affordable Warmth Scheme
Affordable Warmth Scheme Grants are available for
OIL BOILERS, LPG BOILERS, GAS BOILERS and STORAGE HEATERS
Free Boiler Criteria requires you to satisfy ALL THREE of the following conditions:
- You live in your own home or a privately rented one.
- You receive State Benefits (please see below)
- You have an inefficient boiler OR one which is over 8 years old and would cost more to repair than to replace
We have helped over 15,000 householders with their boiler grant applications in
England, Scotland and Wales
The Affordable Warmth Scheme is a Government initiative which provides funding for GAS BOILERS, LPG BOILERS, OIL BOILERS and ELECTRIC STORAGE HEATERS
In order to qualify for a free boiler YOU NEED TO SATISFY ALL 3 PARTS OF THE FREE BOILER CRITERIA. These relate to your home, your state benefits and your boiler. Satisfying just one or two of the parts of the criteria mean that you will fail to qualify for a free boiler.
1. Free Boiler Criteria – Your Home
You must be either:
A. A home owner (that is, you own your home outright or you have a mortgage) or
B. A tenant in a privately owned property. You will need a valid tenancy agreement to support this. Social housing and housing association properties are excluded from the Affordable Warmth Scheme.
Free Boiler Criteria – Important additional information regarding your home
For reasons not fully explained by the organisations which provide funding for the Affordable Warmth scheme, it appears that boiler grants are not available for some for flats, apartments and maisonettes. To be eligible for funding and to meet the free boiler criteria, your home must be a detached house or bungalow, a semi-detached house or bungalow, a terraced house or a town house.
2. Free Boiler Criteria – Your State Benefits
You must meet one of the five following free boiler criteria, A, B, C, D or E in respect of the state benefits which you receive :
A. Pension Credit
You receive Pension Credit, either Guaranteed Credit or Savings Credit (ordinary state pension does not qualify).
B. Child Tax Credit
You receive Child Tax Credit AND your total household income is below £16,010. The important household income amount is the one shown on your current Tax Credit award letter which should include income for everyone who lives in your home.
C. Income Based State Benefits
You receive any one of the following income based state benefits:
• Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (Contribution Based JSA does not qualify)
• Income Related Employment & Support Allowance (Contribution Based ESA does not qualify)
• Income Support
And one criteria from the following list also applies:
• Disabled Child Premium (this is an add-on to JSA or IS and is shown on the award letter in the benefit breakdown)
• Parental responsibility for a child under 16 years of age, who live at the property (for proof of this you must be in receipt of Child Benefit or Child Tax Credit for the child)
• Parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or over but under 20, who lives at the property and is in full-time education (not in higher education, such as at a university)
• Pension Premium, either Higher or Enhanced. (These are add-ons to Income Support and are shown on the award letter in the benefit breakdown).
• Child Tax Credit which includes a Disability or Severe Disability element
• Disability Premium, either Higher or Enhanced. (These are add-ons to JSA, ESA or IS and are on the award letter in the benefit breakdown. They are normally indicated on the form with the comment ‘you are sick / disabled’).
• Work Related Activity or Support Component (this applies to Income Related Employment & Support Allowance only)
D. Working Tax Credit
You receive Working Tax Credit AND your total household income is below £16,010. The important household income amount is the one shown on your current Tax Credit award letter which should include income for everyone who lives in your home.
And one criteria from this following list also applies:
• You have parental responsibility for a child under 16 who lives with you at the property
• You have parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or over but under 20, who lives with you at the property and is in full-time education (not in higher education, such as at a university)
• You receive the Disabled Worker Element or Severe Disability Element
• You are aged 60 or over
E. Universal Credit
You receive Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of £1,250 or less in any assessment period in the previous 12 months.
And at least one from the following list also applies:
- You have parental responsibility for a child under 16 who lives with you at the property
- You have parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or over but under 20, who lives with you at the property and is in full-time education (not in higher education, such as at a university)
- Work Related Activity or Support Component
- You receive Disability Living Allowance payment (DLA)
- You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Free Boiler Criteria – Important Additional Information regarding State Benefits
As part of the qualifying procedure to assess whether you satisfy the free boiler criteria you will need to provide the current year’s state benefit award letters to a surveyor and copies will be taken to support your application. If you do not have every page of your state benefit award letter it is likely that your application will not proceed. You should be able to obtain replacement copies of your state benefit award letters from the DWP.
The state benefit award letters need to be in your name, with your current address on and for the current year. If you have recently moved house you will need to obtain new award letters with your new address on.
State Benefits and Allowances which are NOT part of the Affordable Warmth Scheme qualifying criteria:
- Basic State Pension
- DLA (Disability Living Allowance),
- PIP (Personal Independence Payment),
- Carer’s Allowance,
- Attendance Allowance
- Motability Support
- Housing Benefit,
- Contribution based Employment & Support Allowance,
- Child Benefit
3. Free Boiler Criteria – Your Existing Central Heating Boiler
Your existing central heating boiler must be classified as inefficient or faulty to satisfy free boiler criteria and be replaced under the Affordable Warmth Scheme.
If you do not have an existing central heating boiler which heats radiators in your home, you cannot claim for a new one as the scheme operates on a ‘replacement basis’ and this is not included in the free boiler criteria.
Your boiler’s efficiency is based on tests carried out at the time that it was manufactured and all central heating boilers are given an efficiency rating at that time. Only boilers which were rated at less than 86% efficient (or rated as ‘C’ or below in the old system) can be replaced under the Affordable Warmth Scheme. ‘A’ and ‘B’ rated boilers do not satisfy the free boiler criteria and cannot be replaced under the Affordable Warmth Scheme, even if they are faulty and are less efficient than they were when they were manufactured.
To be considered for replacement under the Affordable Warmth Scheme your boiler must also have developed a fault. Some organisations which provide the funding for this scheme will insist on pre-installation audits of boilers to check that they satisfy the free boiler criteria and if it is not considered to be faulty then it will not be replaced.
Free Boiler Criteria – What is included and what is excluded?
Affordable Warmth Scheme funding includes the cost of:
- The initial survey
- An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- The new central heating boiler
- The installation of the new central heating boiler
- A limited amount of new pipe work and ancillary materials
- The boiler’s first service
Affordable Warmth Scheme funding does not include:
- New radiators
- New thermostatic valves
- A new thermostat
- Additional pipe work over and above the limited amount included
- Converting a single pipe heating system to a double pipe system