The Winter Home Check service provides eligible vulnerable households with a holistic home energy and fuel poverty focused home assessment, advice on how best to keep their home warm and advice on financial support available to help with heating costs.
In addition to this the service delivers small preventative works such as improving pipe insulation, draught-proofing, boiler service and providing emergency temporary heating. The service will also coordinate and source funding for the installation of ‘major measures’ available through schemes such as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), for example boiler replacement.
All applicants must meet the following criteria:
•Must own their own property or rent it privately
•Must be ‘at risk of’ or ‘living in’ fuel poverty i.e. living in a ‘cold’ home that they struggle to afford to heat and appear in need of either energy efficiency advice, heating measures and/or insulation measures.
•One application per household for residents of East Sussex
In addition applicants must either be:
1.Be on a low income ( less than £16,010 per annum) AND diagnosed with a long term condition or living with a diagnosed disability
2. Be in receipt of certain benefits - Pension Credit , Child Tax Credit (and your income is £15,860 or less), Working Tax Credit (and your income is £15,860 or less), Universal Credit - Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance – plus the support or work related element, (for some benefits, there are additional conditions that must be applied).