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Boiler Scrappage Scheme Launches in Northern Ireland
27th June 2011
The Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland has launched a pilot Boiler Replacement Scheme in the province. The Scheme will allow up to 1,300 vulnerable households to receive up to £1,500 towards the replacement of older inefficient boilers.
Eligible homeowners and householders will receive the funding to assist with:
- The upgrade of an existing, inefficient heating oil or gas boiler which is over 15 years old,
- Switching from heating oil to mains gas
- Switching to an approved renewable heating system e.g. a wood pellet boiler.
Economy 7 Heating Systems, Stoves, Back Boilers, Room Heaters and Solid Fuel Central Heating Systems are ineligible for the Boiler Replacement Scheme Grant.
Successful applicants must also be aged 60 or over, in receipt of the State Pension and in receipt of Rates Relief but not Housing Benefit or any other benefit. The Scheme is open only to homeowners and tenants within the private rented sector and does not extend to tenants of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive or any other Registered Housing Association in Northern Ireland.
The Scheme will be administered on behalf of the Department for Social Development by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
Speaking at the launch of the scheme, Department for Social Development Minister McCausland said, "This pilot scheme offers the opportunity for older people on low incomes who can't get help through other Government schemes to have a warmer home. The introduction of the allowance provides another vehicle for tackling fuel poverty as part of the Executive's Fuel Poverty Strategy. I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible for the allowance to contact the Housing Executive for an application pack."
Further information is available by calling 03448 920 900 or contacting NIHE Area Offices in Ballymena, Belfast, Lisburn, Londonderry, Newry and Omagh.