Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) Assisted Connections scheme provides funding towards new gas connections to existing properties for first time gas customers.
This scheme is open to those who already live in the mains gas areas as well as those living in communities that are in close proximity.
Households may qualify under any of the following criteria and will be eligible for financial assistance to reduce the cost of a service connection to SGN’s gas network:
- In receipt of certain qualifying benefits
- Who live in areas that are considered to be among the most deprived in the country
(i.e. 20% most deprived as per Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation)
- Aged 70 years or over
- Households that spend more than 10% of their income to heat their homes
For customers living within a mains gas area, SGN expect the majority of connections to be free of charge. In other cases, qualifying connections may also be free or at least significantly reduced, the assisted connections funding will be shown on the quotation provided by SGN.
This scheme is funded by SGN and forms part of their commitment to Ofgem to deliver 11,000 Assisted Connections to qualifying households in Scotland by 2021.
Please also be aware that financial support for the gas central heating system costs could possibly be accessed via the Gas Infill Loan Scheme managed by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).
For more information on the Assisted Connections scheme, including how to apply, please visit SGN's website.