ecoAffordable Warmth (HHCRO)

The Affordable Warmth Obligation provides funding for heating and insulation improvements to low-income and vulnerable people living in private housing.

This scheme applies to both homeowners and tenants and is means-tested. It has complex eligibility criteria and is suitable for elderly, disabled or low-income households who are particularly impacted by living in cold and uneconomical homes.

Are you Eligible?

To qualify for a free energy efficient central heating boiler or insulation improvements under the ECO Affordable Warmth Obligation, private householders need to satisfy certain criteria relating to their state benefits and the condition of the existing central heating boiler.

To qualify, the householder must be a home owner or a tenant in a private property and meet one of the criteria in 1, 2, 3 or 4 below.

  1. Be in receipt of State Pension Credit
  2. Be in receipt of Child Tax Credit (with relevant income below £15,860)
  3. Be in receipt of Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance or Income Related Employment & Support Allowance or Income Support…
    PLUS, one of the following must also apply:
    • Be in receipt of Disabled Child Premium
    • You must have parental responsibility for a child under 16 who lives at the property
    • You must have 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)
    • Be in receipt of Pension Premium (either Higher or Enhanced)
    • Be in receipt of Child Tax Credit which includes a Disability or Severe Disability element
    • Be in receipt of Disability Premium (either Higher or Enhanced)
    • Work Related Activity or Support Component (with Income Related Employment & Support Allowance only)
  4. Be in receipt of Working Tax Credit (relevant income below £15,860)…
    PLUS one of the following must also apply:
    • You must have parental responsibility for a child under 16 who lives at the property
    • You must have 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)
    • Be in receipt of Disabled Worker Element or Severe Disability Element
    • You must be aged 60 or over

Please note you will be asked to provide proof of the above when your survey is conducted.