There are only a very small number of free installations still available on a first-come, first-served basis for private households currently without central heating in Greater Manchester. As all installations must be completed by the 31st August 2019 and these households must have a live gas connection already in place.
Households without a live gas connection will be put on the waiting list should the scheme re-open in future.
500 homes across Greater Manchester will get a new central heating system fitted for free* thanks to the Warm Homes Fund.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has secured £1.8 million from this national fund which has been established by National Grid and is administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. It will offer a helping hand to households struggling to afford to stay warm and those who are vulnerable to the cold that do not currently have a central heating system.
The scheme is running throughout 2018-19 but is operating on a first-come, first-served basis and will close to new applications once all the funds have been allocated.
For details of your local affordable warmth service please see below.
The Warm Homes fund can provide help to households that:
Homeowners are eligible and dependent upon your Council’s policy private tenants may also be eligible. (If you privately rent your property we will need your landlord’s permission.)
The scheme covers the cost* of everything that’s required: the boiler, radiators and pipework. Eligible households won’t have to contribute anything towards the cost.* Where necessary we will also seek to support a household to get connected to the mains gas grid.
The affordable warmth visit will also provide advice on saving energy, switching energy tariffs, install small energy saving measures and identify any other opportunities for a household to reduce their bills, such as insulation and help with finances.
To apply for yourself or for someone else please contact the relevant affordable warmth scheme for your area. They will arrange a home visit and check whether you are eligible for the Warm Homes Fund. When you call please mention that you are interested in the Warm Homes Fund.
The contact details are as follows:
Anne from Oldham and other Greater Manchester residents are benefiting from free central heating through our Warm Homes Fund. Call now on 0800 038 5737.
Your local council is involved in delivering the scheme with the following partners.
Where a gas connection to a property is required it will be arranged by Affordable Warmth Solutions, who are the Gas Distribution Network Operator for the Greater Manchester region.
The majority of the central heating systems installed will be gas, but up to 20% will be air source heat pumps which will be installed into social housing, supporting GMCA’s ambition of retrofitting homes to be low carbon.
For more information on air source heat pumps
*Subject to availability, eligibility and funding.