ECO Scheme Heating and Insulation Grants

Liverpool Central Heating Grants from Liverpool City Council and the Government's ECO Scheme

Liverpool Central Heating Grants are available to pay for the installation of gas central heating in homes which have never had central heating before.

Under new rules introduced with the start of ECO4 on 1st April 2022, homes must have an existing mains gas supply to qualify for a grant to install central heating for the first time.

Liverpool Central Heating Grants are available for the installation of gas central heating into homes which do not have, and have not previously had a central heating system.

Liverpool Central Heating Grants scheme requires that you must receive one of the qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances, unless you qualify under ECO Flex Rules, please see below.

Liverpool Central Heating Grants from the Government’s ECO Scheme (for home owners and private tenants) and from Liverpool City Council (for home owners only) under ECO Flex rules

Liverpool Central Heating Grants FAQs

1. You must be a home owner or a private tenant to qualify under the ECO Scheme OR a home owner and live within the Liverpool City Council boundary to qualify under LA Flex rules

Liverpool Central Heating Grants are funded by Liverpool City Council for their own residents (home owners only) or by the ECO Scheme (for home owners and private tenants).

2. Your home must never have had a central heating system installed.

Liverpool Central Heating Grants provide funding for central heating systems to be installed in homes which have never had central heating before. For householders with central heating there are other grants, click HERE for more information.

3. You must receive one of the ECO qualifying benefits to qualify under ECO Scheme rules (for home owners and private tenants) or LA Flex Rules (for home owners only)

Home owners and private tenants:

Liverpool Central Heating Grants Scheme require that either you, or someone who lives permanently with you must receive of of the ECO Scheme qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances.

Home owners only:

If you do not receive one of the qualifying benefits, under ECO FLEX Rules Liverpool City Council may recommend that you qualify. This is normally when you have to pay a substantial portion of your income to keep your home warm.

4. Are all property types included in the Scheme?

Liverpool Central Heating Grants are available for all property types.

5. If there is no gas supply to my home can I still have gas central heating?

Unfortunately no.

Under new rules introduced with the start of ECO4 on 1st April 2022, homes must have an existing mains gas supply to qualify for a grant to install central heating for the first time.

If there is a capped gas supply you need to get a “Live / Dead” check done by Cadent.  If live, you need to arrange for a gas meter to be installed, if dead, this means that a new gas feed is required.  Cadent live/dead check number is 0845 835 1111.

Liverpool Central Heating Grants is a Government Backed Scheme

First Time Central Heating Grant Application Form

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  • 1. Your Details:

  • We need this to confirm that you qualify for a central heating grant
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Liverpool Central Heating Grants

6. Are there any other conditions?

The only other main condition for the Liverpool Central Heating Grants Scheme is that before your home can have central heating installed it must have cavity wall insulation and loft insulation installed, unless it is already present at the time of your application.

If you need to have cavity wall insulation or loft insulation installed your ECO Approved installation company can organise this for you.

7. How long does it take to get central heating installed?

There are some checks to be carried out first to confirm that you qualify for the Liverpool Central Heating Grants Scheme and a free technical survey also needs to be carried out. However, if you already have a gas supply you should be able to enjoy your new central heating system within a few weeks.

8. Qualifying State Benefits for the Liverpool Central Heating Grants Scheme are:

Home owners and private tenants:

To qualify for the Liverpool Central Heating Grants Scheme, either you or someone living permanently in your home must receive at least one of the following State Benefits, Tax Credits or Other Allowances:

  • Pension Credit – Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Credit – Savings Credit

(Over one million pensioners are entitled to Pension Credit but don’t claim it. To check whether you are eligible click HERE go to the Government website.)

  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income Support
  • Child Benefit (subject to maximum household income thresholds)
  • Housing Benefit

ECO Flex Rules allow local councils to recommend that a home owner qualifies for a grant even if they don’t receive one of the qualifying benefits.

9. Existing Heating Systems which can be replaced with Liverpool Central Heating Grants

To qualify for the Liverpool Central Heating Grants Scheme your home must have either no heating at all or one of the following:

  1. Electric room heaters, including direct acting room heaters, fan heaters or inefficient electric storage heaters
  2. Gas room heaters; including fixed mains gas room heaters
  3. Gas fire with back boiler
  4. Solid fossil fuel fire with back boiler
  5. Mains gas warm air system
  6. Electric underfloor or ceiling heating (not part of an electric boiler)
  7. Bottled LPG room heating
  8. Solid fossil fuel room heaters
  9. Wood/biomass room heating
  10. Oil room heaters

The relevant heating system used to assess your eligibility for Liverpool Central Heating Grants is that which appears as the ‘Main Heating’ system on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your home. You can see your EPC (if one has been prepared) HERE.

Liverpool Central Heating Grants funded by LA Flex are only available to home owners living within the Liverpool City Council areas

Liverpool City Council Wards are:

Allerton and Hunts Cross
Anfield
Belle Vale
Central
Childwall
Church
Clubmoor
County
Cressington
Croxteth
Everton
Fazakerley
Greenbank
Kensington and Fairfield
Kirkdale
Knotty Ash
Mossley Hill
Norris Green
Old Swan
Picton
Princes Park
Riverside
Speke-Garston
St Michael’s
Tuebrook and Stoneycroft
Warbreck
Wavertree
West Derby
Woolton
Yew Tree

Liverpool Central Heating Grants - Liverpool City Council Wards
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Liverpool Central Heating Grants from the Government’s ECO Scheme and Liverpool City Council

What is the ECO Scheme?

The ECO Scheme, or Energy Company’s Obligation, is a Government initiative which is designed to help low income households to heat their homes effectively. It does this by offering ECO Grants to install more energy efficient heating systems and to install insulation.

Funding from both the ECO4 Scheme and approval from Liverpool City Council means that households without a proper heating system can apply for Liverpool Central Heating Grants to make their home warmer whilst saving on heating bills.

Liverpool Central Heating Grants from the Government's ECO Scheme and Liverpool City Council
Liverpool Central Heating Grants from the Government's ECO Scheme and Liverpool City Council

Liverpool Central Heating Grants from the Government’s ECO Scheme and Liverpool City Council

Do you qualify for a grant to install central heating in Liverpool?

To qualify for a grant to install central heating in Liverpool you must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. You must be a home owner or a private tenant to qualify under the ECO Scheme. Council house tenants and householders in housing association properties or shared properties do not qualify.
  2. Your home must never have had a central heating system installed before.
  3. You, or someone who lives with you must receive one of the qualifying State Benefits, Tax Credits or Allowances listed above. OR
  4. You are a home owner and satisfy Liverpool City Council’s criteria which is set out below:

Image 1 shows the qualifying criteria for Liverpool Central Heating Grants under LA Flex rules. These are based on how many adults and children live in your home and the household income; and also the Energy Performance Band for your home which must be D or lower.

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Liverpool Central Heating Grants - Central Heating Grant Application Form 1
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Images 2 to 5 show the application form for a central heating grant under the ECO Scheme & ECO Flex. Click the images to enlarge them, click again to enlarge further.