Central Heating Grants and Boiler Grants from the ECO Scheme

Boiler Grants for Pensioners
Funding for Gas Boilers, LPG Boilers and Oil Boilers

Complete the form to see if you qualify. You need to satisfy all three of the following criteria.


You live in a private house, either owned or rented. (Different rules apply to council housing or housing association properties).


You receive Guaranteed Pension Credit (Savings Credit doesn’t count on its own) OR You receive Working Tax Credit


You have an existing central heating boiler installed in your home, which is faulty or inefficient.

The following benefits DO NOT entitle you to a boiler grant:

Pension Credit Savings Credit

Basic State Pension

Housing Benefit

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Contribution-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance (DLA)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Carer’s Allowance

Child Benefit

Contribution-Related Employment & Support Allowance

If you qualify for a Boiler Grant with the Affordable Warmth Scheme you will still be entitled to your Winter Fuel Payment

Your country needs you to

apply for a boiler grant,

cut your heating bills and

reduce carbon emissions

The Affordable Warmth Scheme is a Government initiative which provides funding:

to replace old, faulty and inefficient boilers

to install cavity wall insulation

to install loft insulation

In addition to funding for boiler grants for pensioners, the Government’s ECO Scheme provides funding for cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, solid wall insulation and electric storage heaters. However, in practice funding for solid wall insulation and electric storage heaters is not always available.

Applying for the boiler grants for pensioners scheme is simple.

What you need to do right now is to complete the online form.

We will telephone you to confirm the information you have entered on the form and to fill in any gaps there may be.  We will talk you through the boiler grant application process and answer any question you may have; then we’ll arrange for a local installation company to survey the heating system in your home.

A qualified assessor will visit your home to carry out the survey, check out your existing boiler and may take copies of your Pension Credit or Working Tax Credit award letters, together with proof of ownership or tenancy. 

Will I have to make a contribution? 

Since 1st April 2017 the amount of the boiler grant awarded in individual cases is based on the type of property you live in, how many bedrooms it has, how well insulated it is and several other factors. Generally, the more energy you would save by having a new boiler installed, the higher your boiler grant will be and the lower any contribution would be.

You will be advised whether you need to make a contribution and if so, how much it is; if you are a tenant, your landlord would normally pay this.

Once everything is agreed, your Gas Safe registered installation company will arrange to fit your new boiler and you can wave goodbye to your old inefficient one. For your peace of mind, all boilers installed under the Affordable Warmth Scheme will carry a guarantee.

An Affordable Warmth Scheme boiler grant is only to replace your existing faulty and inefficient boiler. It does not cover new radiators, control systems or thermostatic radiator valves and neither does it provide funding to install a central heating system in a house where there currently isn’t one.
Not necessarily.

The value of the boiler grant for a particular property is based on the amount of energy which will be saved by removing an inefficient boiler and installing an energy efficient one. Before 1st April 2017 an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) was prepared for your home to assess this. After this date a system of ‘deemed scores’ is used which groups properties by type to save the cost of an EPC for every applicant.

The more energy to be saved by installing a new boiler, the higher the boiler grant will be. But if it is not high enough, then you may be asked to contribute towards the cost. If you are a tenant, your landlord may cover this but in any case, if you are not happy with the amount you are being asked to contribute, you do not have to have the boiler fitted. And you will not have to pay for the initial survey or the EPC.

If you do have to make a contribution to the cost of a replacement boiler, you should take into account that according to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing an old gas boiler without controls, to “a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls (TRVs) could save you up to £280 per year for a mid-terrace house, up to £340 for a semi-detached house, up to £290 for a detached bungalow and up to £570 for a detached house”.

There are hundreds of thousands of pensioners who are entitled to Pension Credit but who don’t claim it.

Pension Credit is an income-related benefit made up of two parts: Guaranteed Credit and Savings Credit. Guaranteed Pension Credit tops up your weekly income if is below £151.20 for single people or £230.85 for couples. Savings Pension Credit is an extra payment for people who have saved money towards their retirement, such as a pension. You will not have to pay income tax on Pension Credit and you may get a higher amount if you are a carer, you are severely disabled or have you certain housing costs.

You can work out how much you would get using the Government’s Pension Credit Calculator

The easiest way to apply for Pension Credit is to telephone the Pension Credit Claim Line on 0800 99 1234 or if you are using a Textphone 0800 169 0133. You can call anytime Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.

Only Guaranteed Pension Credit will qualify Boiler Grants for Pensioners

Boiler grants are available to householders who receive Income-related State Benefits including:

Guaranteed Pension Credit

Child Tax Credit *

Working Tax Credit *

Income Support *

Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)

Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)

Universal Credit

* Maximum Household Income Thresholds apply to these benefits and full details can be found HERE.

Benefits and Allowances which are excluded from the scheme:

Basic State Pension

Pension Credit Savings Credit

Housing Benefit

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Carer’s Allowance

Motability Allowance

Child Benefit

Contribution-based Benefits

Affordable Warmth Scheme – Tackling Fuel Poverty with Boiler Grants for Pensioners

Vaillant Boilers are available with boiler grants from the Affordable Warmth SchemeThe Affordable Warmth Scheme is part of the Government’s ECO scheme which is designed to reduce carbon emissions and tackle the problems of ‘fuel poverty’ by offering boiler grants for pensioners.

Fuel poverty is deemed to exist when more than 10% of household income is spent on energy in order to achieve reasonable levels of warmth in the home, which means a temperature of around 22º centigrade in the main living areas of a home and 18º centigrade in other areas. The main factors which contribute to fuel poverty are low household income, energy efficiency of the heating system, poor insulation in the home and the cost of fuel.

The Affordable Warmth Scheme addresses two of these causes; energy efficiency of the heating system by replacing old inefficient boilers with A rated boilers and poor insulation by installing cavity wall insulation and loft insulation.

Free Cavity Wall Insulation is available with the Affordable Warmth Scheme. Boiler Grants for Pensioners

Do you qualify for for Free Cavity Wall Insulation?

Free Loft Insulation is available with the Affordable Warmth Scheme. Boiler Grants for Pensioners

Do you qualify for Free Loft Insulation?