The Warm Home Fund (WHF) is a £150 million support fund commissioned by Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS), established by National Grid and community interest company, across England, Wales, and Scotland. The scheme is primarily intended to support homeowners struggling with fuel poverty and who don’t utilise mains gas as their primary heating source. It is also designed to support Local Authorities, registered Social Landlords, and other organisations working in partnership with them, to address some of the issues affecting fuel poor households.
The fund is split into 3 broad categories:
Category 1: Urban homes and communities – it is anticipated this may involve new central heating systems which give properties better heating and hot water. It may also embrace other heating solutions.
Category 2: Rural homes and communities – Customers in this category would primarily be offered ‘non-gas solutions which can embrace air source heat pumps, oil, and LPG’.
Category 3: Specific energy-efficient/health-connected solutions – this might involve national or regional programs that compile relevant organisations and charities to assist residents with advice and/or health-connected programs in relevancy to fuel conditions.
What is the Qualifying Criteria?
If you live in a privately owned or rented property there are two ways of qualifying for a gas connection vouchers:
- You live in a privately owned or rented property and you receive key qualifying benefits
- You are a social tenant, or live in a privately owned or rented property and are spending a high percentage of disposable income on household fuel