London -- Thousands more householders across the UK will be eligible for help under the government's Warm Front scheme from 12 Sept, when new regulations come into force.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change says revisions to the scheme's rules will align the income-based qualifying benefits with those to be used for the forthcoming Affordable Warmth group under the Energy Company Obligation.
Householders who currently qualify will still be able to get help, but DECC says these changes mean an even greater number of households will be able to benefit from the assistance available.
Help will continue to be targeted at households living in properties that are poorly insulated or do not have a working heating system. But, the qualifying Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) threshold for the property will be increased from 55 to 63.
"Changes to the rules on who can get help under Warm Front will mean even more people will be able to keep warm this winter. Warm Front is still very much open for business and it's easy to apply. All you have to do is call 0800 316 2805 and, if you're eligible, the Warm Front team will do all the paperwork for you," said Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker.
Warm Front provides government grants to people in poorly heated or insulated homes to pay for boiler repairs, new central heating systems and insulation work. Those eligible can apply for up to £3500 towards the cost of the work or up to £6000 for homes not connected to mains gas.