More people eligible for grants in NI

The Affordable Warmth grant, which funds energy upgrades in the homes of low income earners, has widened its eligibility criteria.

The income threshold has been increased from £20k to £23k and some benefits will no longer
be included in the calculation of income, including disability living allowance, personal independent payment and carer’s allowance.

Since its inception in 2014, almost 20,000 homes underwent an energy upgrade under the scheme which offers a range of energy efficiency improvement measures including loft, cavity and solid wall insulation, new and replacement heating systems and replacement windows.

It is mostly a targeted scheme where local councils actively identify the most vulnerable households who can then benefit from improvements.

The Affordable Warmth scheme offers a grant of up to £7,500 (£10,000 for solid wall
measures), is funded by the Department for Communities and delivered in partnership with the Housing Executive, local councils and a range of local installers.


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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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