Grants available to install central heating in 40 Wealden homes

Updated on Tuesday, January 30: People living in 13 villages around Uckfield who are on benefits and don’t currently have a full central heating system could qualify for a grant enabling them to have one installed free of charge.warm-homes-fund-logo

The villages are:

  • Piltdown
  • Framfield
  • Palehouse Common
  • Little Horsted
  • Blackboys
  • Nutley
  • Fletching
  • Fairwarp
  • Horney Common
  • Buxted
  • Maresfield
  • Coopers Green
  • Five Ashdown

From our original story on January 10: Wealden District Council has won funding to install central heating in 40 privately-owned rural homes and would like to hear from anyone who meets the criteria set out below and is interested in a grant.

The council is working with the National Grid, and Affordable Warmth Solutions CIC, on the Warm Homes Fund project. Grants will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Wealden’s cabinet member for housing, Cllr Graham Wells, said: “If you are living away from mains gas, receiving some form of benefits and relying on room heaters, fires, or electric ceiling heaters, as your main source of heating, this scheme is for you.”

Those who own, or rent, can access the funding. Systems can be heavily subsidised for landlords and free for home owners if:

  • The home is located in a rural area that is not part of the gas network
  • The occupant receives qualifying benefits
  • The property has an Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or G
  • The home does not have a full central heating system.

The qualifying benefits are:

  • Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support

The systems will be fully funded for those who own their own home. Landlords can expect to receive two grants, one for the boiler and another for the remaining balance which, in total, should cover approximately 70% of the total cost.

Referrals for funding can be made by calling Wealden District Council on 01323 443322.

• Contact details for the Warm Homes Fund can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in the category for Heating.

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