What is Great British Insulation Scheme?
The UK government’s Great British Insulation Scheme is funding for energy efficiency measures running from Autumn 2023 to 2026. Previously, the scheme was named ECO+.
There have been several government programmes to reduce fuel poverty by delivering energy efficient home upgrades. These include ECO4, The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF), and the Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme. Just over a year ago the average annual energy bill was around £1,271 in the UK. Due to the energy crisis, and even despite the price freeze and government support schemes, the average bill has doubled.
Due to vastly increased energy prices and the cost of living crisis, the government are now offering further support to those most at risk of struggling to pay their energy bills. On Monday November 28th, Business and Energy Secretary Grant Shapps launched a project, now named The Great British Insulation Scheme, to help millions of people across the country lower their energy costs. The government’s budget for the programme is £1 billion across 3 years.
Who is eligible for the Great British Insulation Scheme?
Great British Insulation Scheme was created to complement ECO4 by capturing households which are not eligible for ECO4. This is to target the least efficient homes in low council tax bands, low-income households, and vulnerable households.
If your household fits the criteria, you could benefit from free insulation and heating controls. The funding will be delivered by energy suppliers.
The scheme will target two groups: the general group and the low income group.
The general group will consist of those living in homes with an EPC rating D-G and within Council
Tax bands A-D in England. This also applies to those living in social housing. (To learn more about how this applies to Scotland and Wales, go to the government page about the scheme.)
The low income group is for households with the same EPC ratings and with someone in receipt of any of the following benefits:
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit Savings Credit
- Child Benefit (subject to income caps)
Insulation types you could claim
- Cavity wall insulation
- External or internal wall insulation
- Loft insulation
- Room in roof insulation
- Underfloor insulation
- Park home insulation
- Heating controls such as TRVs, boiler programmers, and room thermostats
How do I claim free insulation?
Reach to an installer, such as us! Call us on 0800 024 8505 Option 1 or fill out the form below and we can discuss your eligibility!