Help to Heat scheme
Help with Gas Connections
The UK Government has set obligations on the eight Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs) to deliver assistance to their consumers. The obligation, known as RIIO-GD1, runs for eight years from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2021 and is monitored by Ofgem.
As part of this obligation, the Fuel Poor Network Extension Scheme enables customers that are suffering from fuel poverty to switch to natural gas by helping towards the cost of connection to the gas network. Note that this scheme is currently under review.
In Scotland, the GDN is SGN. SGN is committed to helping make homes warmer by offering free or discounted gas connections to low income and vulnerable customers. Through their Help to Heat scheme, they are connecting the most vulnerable households to their network, helping to improve energy efficiency and heat homes for less.
Gas is an efficient, economical and flexible fuel and the Help to Heat scheme can help people take advantage of the benefits that switching to gas can bring. There is funding available that will help to reduce the cost of installing a gas supply to homes, and it is available to homeowners or tenants.
The SGN Help to Heat scheme may be available where someone in the household meets one of the following criteria:
- Receiving certain income-related benefits
- Aged 70 years or over
- Living in one of the top 20% most deprived areas in Scotland
- Living in fuel poverty (based on the current Government definition)
For more information about the SGN Help to Heat scheme, including how to apply, please visit their website: https://www.sgn.co.uk/helptoheat/
Financial assistance in the form of loans for gas infill is also available from the Scottish Government’s Warm Homes Fund. However, this will close on 31 March 2015 and so people will need to have the work done and their loan claimed before then. Up to £5,000 interest-free, repayable over a period up to 5 years, is available to individual householders. It can cover both the cost of any contribution to the network required and also the cost of putting in individual gas central heating systems. For information, see: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/organisations/national-and-local-government/social-housing/warm-homes-fund