More householders to get help to stay warm and cosy this winter

Thousands more householders up and down the country will be eligible for help under the Government’s Warm Front scheme from 12 September, when new regulations come into force. Revisions to the scheme rules will align the income based qualifying benefits with those to be used for the forthcoming Affordable Warmth group under the Energy Company Obligation. Householders who currently qualify …

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Emergency Community Care help

Families on a means tested benefit, such as Income Support or Pension Credit, may be eligible for a Community Care Grant which you don’t have to pay back from the government’s Social Fund, to help pay for certain items or expenses that would ease exceptional pressure on the family; such as damage to a property or essential furniture you cannot …

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Housing Association or Local Councils Grants

There may also be other grants for your home (including for landlords) available from your local council, such as the Home Repair Assistance Grant, or Housing Association (if you are a tenant of one). As councils can offer different funding, search for details on its website or contact them to ask for more information. • To find your local council’s …

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Paving the way for the Green Deal

The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) requires all domestic energy suppliers with a customer base in excess of 250,000 customers to make savings in the amount of CO2 emitted by householders. Suppliers meet this target by promoting the uptake of low carbon energy solutions to household energy consumers, thereby assisting them to reduce the carbon footprint of their homes. The …

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22 organisations sign up to be first Green Deal providers

22 organisations have met with Climate Change Minister Greg Barker to sign an agreement with government to work to become the first Green Deal providers. The Green Deal is the government’s plan to improve the nation’s draughty homes at no upfront cost to the consumer. The organisations who have signed today’s agreement at DECC include big business, SME’s and a …

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Grants for small business

Funding is an essential part of all businesses. Whether your business is small and new, or large and established, adequate finance is required for the majority of projects, purchases, and expansions. However, many small businesses find it very difficult to obtain finance, particularly if they are a startup or if they are a relatively new business. Lenders require security for …

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Disabled facilities grant

A Disabled Facilities Grant is a local council grant. It helps towards the cost of adapting your home to enable you to continue to live there. A grant is paid when the council considers that changes are necessary to meet your needs, and that the work is reasonable and practical. Who can get a Disabled Facilities Grant? You can claim …

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Free solar panels

Free solar panels for home use are becoming very popular amongst UK home-owners. They are offered by investment companies who are prepared to pay for the installation, upkeep and insurance of the panels so you get as much free electricity as your roof can generate. So, why are they offered, free? The Feed In Tariff is paid to the owner …

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£4,000 in government grants for UK jewellery start-up

Amanda Waring, owner of Mama Jewel’s in Nottingham, explains how £4,000 in grants from Business Link went towards purchasing equipment and developing a professional website. For further information please take a look at our government grants, website grants and business grants pages or fill in the contact form for more specific requests.

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Free Home Insulation – Why is it free?

*** This article is now outdated due to changes in legislation *** However, you may be able to qualify for free insulation under the new ECO scheme, if you receiving benefits such state pension credit, child tax credit, income support etc; and also if you live in qualifying postcode areas. Use the postcode checker to see if your postcode qualifies.  **** Although house …

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