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Warmer Homes Scotland: in detail

Everything you need to know about the Scottish Government funded Warmer Homes Scotland programme

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What is Warmer Homes Scotland?

The Scottish Government’s Warmer Homes Scotland programme offers funding and support to households struggling to stay warm and keep on top of energy bills.

You can access the programme by contacting Home Energy Scotland, who will check what support is available. If your household is eligible, we will then make a referral to Warmworks, the organisation that delivers the programme.

We can make an appointment for you for Warmworks to carry out an assessment of your property. During this assessment, they will check what energy saving home improvements are right for your home.

Who is the programme for?

Warmer Homes Scotland is designed to help people in Scotland make their homes warmer and more comfortable by installing a range of energy saving improvements. The Scottish Government is offering assistance to homeowners and private sector tenants struggling to heat their home, who have lived in their home for at least six months, and who meet the eligibility criteria.

What's available through the programme?

The improvements offered will depend on an assessment of the home. Warmworks will come to assess your home and will recommend suitable improvements, which could include insulation and heating.

In most cases, the Scottish Government will meet all the costs. Please note, you cannot access funding for work that's already been carried out. All home improvements funded by Warmer Homes Scotland must delivered by Warmworks-approved installers. Completion of the Warmer Homes Scotland self-assessment form does not guarantee that your application will be successful. All applications are subject to the availability of Scottish Government funding.

In some cases, a customer contribution may be required. An interest-free loan is available to help meet the costs of the customer contribution. The loan is subject to a credit check and includes an administration fee. More information about the loan will be provided if there is a customer contribution to pay. The loan is managed by Energy Saving Trust for the Scottish Government.

Potential improvements include:

  • Wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Draught-proofing
  • Central heating (inc. new gas boilers or air source heat pumps)
  • Renewables

Please note, if you choose to have work undertaken to improve the energy efficiency of your home between speaking to Home Energy Scotland and Warmworks undertaking the assessment of your property, this may affect your eligibility.

How does it work for private tenants?

If you are a private sector tenant your landlord will be made aware of the improvements that can be funded by the Scottish Government and which ones they may be required to fund directly. Their permission is required before any improvements can be installed.

Since 1 August 2017, restrictions have been applied to the improvements available under Warmer Homes Scotland to householders living in privately rented properties. Private Rented Sector properties covered by the statutory Repairing Standard will no longer receive improvements that a landlord is legally obliged to provide. These properties will still be eligible for other improvements available under the programme if they are recommended. For more information, speak to an advisor.

Find out more information on the repairing standard.

Who is eligible?

The eligibility criteria are summarised below.

If you do not meet the criteria for Warmer Homes Scotland you might be eligible for assistance through the Home Energy Scotland Grant and Loan, or an area-based scheme near you. And, if you’ve read the criteria but you’re unsure, use our self assessment tool or call us free on 0808 808 2282 -  we’re here to help.

  • Be a homeowner or the tenant of a private-sector landlord
  • Live in the home as your main residence
  • Have lived there for at least at least six months (unless in receipt of an SR1, a DS1500 or a BASRiS form)
  • Live in a home with a poor energy rating - this will be assessed by Warmworks
  • Live in a home which has a floor area of 230m2 or less (typically up to five bedrooms).
  • Live in a home that meets the tolerable living standard set out in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 or, where the home does not meet the tolerable living standard, this will not impact on the effectiveness of the recommended improvements for installation under the programme
  • Live in a home where the council tax band is A-F
  • Eligible households must include either a person who is over 75 with no central heating, a person who is in receipt of a DS1500 or BASRiS certificate completed by a medical professional or, a person who is in receipt of at least one of the passport benefits, at any level or rate at which the benefit is paid.

The criteria listed above may change from time to time and the criteria detailed on the day an application is assessed will be honoured. 

  • Adult Disability Payment
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Council Tax Reduction (excluding 25% discount e.g. students or single persons)
  • Scottish Child Payment
  • Child Disability Payment
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits
  • Pension Credit - Guarantee - you will not be eligible if you receive only Pension Credit - Savings
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
  • Working Tax Credit

The criteria listed above may change from time to time and the criteria detailed on the day an application is assessed will be honoured.

How to apply

Simply call us on 0808 808 2282 or use our self assessment tool and one of our friendly advisors will be in touch.

We'll guide you through the complete process that will include booking the survey of your home and referring you to the managing agent of Warmer Homes Scotland, who will contact you.

Check eligibility

Check our self assessment tool to see if you're eligible for free funding to make your home warmer through the Warmer Homes Scotland programme.