The Safe and Warm Grant is a discretionary grant of money from the Council which in certain circumstances can be given to you to pay for small, but essential, works to improve the energy efficiency or safety in your home. The grant is available for works to dwelling houses, flats and mobile homes.
Are you eligible for a grant?
The main requirement to get this grant is that your income (or in the case of a couple, your joint income) is so low that you (or both members of a couple) do not pay Income Tax. If you receive one of the following income related benefits:
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Support
- Guaranteed Pension Credit
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
- War Disablement Pension
You will be eligible for the grant provided the Council is able to confirm that you receive it. Failing this you will need to provide some other form of proof that you do not pay Income Tax e.g. a copy of your P60 form (if you receive a private or occupational pension) or a letter from Inland Revenue.
The Safe and Warm Grant is not available to Waverley Council tenants.
Grant Terms and Conditions
Although assistance is normally in the form of a grant of money to pay the cost of a builder or contractor doing certain works in your home, it can also be available to pay for the cost of materials used if you do the works yourself (or if the works are done by a relative or friend who does not charge for his or her labour). The maximum amount of assistance you can get is £5,000 for each application you make. This sum must include fees and VAT. Once you have received a Safe and Warm Grant it will only be possible to obtain a further grant for works to the same property within 3 years if the first grant was less than £5,000 and the total amount of grant payments does not exceed £5,000 within any three year period.
It is a condition of the grant that you do not sell the property within the period of 10 years following completion of works. If this condition is not met you will be liable to repay the entire grant.
What can you get a grant for?
The Safe and Warm Grant can be provided for a variety of measures in connection with energy efficiency e.g. loft and cavity wall insulation, park home insulation, replacement boilers and replacement windows. It is also available for home security (such as door locks and bolts and window locks) and safety measures e.g. fire precautions. However if you also qualify for another scheme for the same works (e.g. the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) for energy efficiency measures) the Council will refer you to the appropriate body.
The Safe and Warm Grant is available for the following works:
- Green Deal Assessments
- Replacement of old or defective boilers with Part L compliant boilers
- Installation of new central heating system and/or heating controls
- Loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and draught-proofing
- Insulation to park homes
- Replacement of defective windows
- Fire precautions
- Home security measures e.g. door and window locks, door chains and viewers
Where a grant is not available
Please note that the Safe and Warm Grant is always discretionary and it is the Council's decision whether to give you help in this way.
For administrative reasons Waverley will not provide a grant if the works are likely to cost less than £100.
Also, if extensive or major works are required to your home, for example, you house is in serious disrepair, does not have a bathroom, has severe dampness, etc, it will not be appropriate for you to apply for a Safe and Warm Grant. Instead the Council may be able to advise you on how to obtain other forms of assistance e.g. by financing a loan.
For more details please contact the Private Sector Housing Team.
How to apply for a grant
At the first stage, it is recommended that you contact the Private Sector Housing Team to discuss the works you need to have carried out and whether a grant is available. It may be necessary for an Officer to visit your home to check that the works are eligible for assistance and give advice about these works that you may need doing.
Alternatively you can complete and return our grant enquiry form.
If you are a tenant you will need a letter from your landlord giving permission for the works to be carried out. Grants are not awarded to tenants for works which are the landlord's responsibility under housing legislation or tenancy conditions.
If you want to employ a builder to do the works, you will normally need to obtain a minimum of two itemised estimates from different builders of the cost of doing the works. As there is a limit to the amount of assistance that can be given, it is in your own interest to ensure that the estimates are reasonable to enable the maximum works to be carried out within the funds available.
Should you wish to do the works yourself, you should provide details of the cost of the materials likely to be used.
Making a grant application
A grant application is only considered complete when the Council has received all the required documents, e.g. at least 2 itemised estimates, completed application form and proof of income.
You must not start any works until you receive formal approval of your application for assistance. No grant will be paid for any works carried out before the grant has been approved. However you must ensure that the works are completed within 12 months of the Notice of grant approval otherwise the grant may be cancelled.
If you think you will have difficulty in completing the form, designing the works or obtaining estimates it may be that the Guildford and Waverley Care & Repair Agency could help you.
On completion of works
Payment of the grant can only be made when the works have been completed to the Council's satisfaction. If you have employed a builder to do the works you must provide the Council with the builder's bill, or receipt if you have already paid the bill. If you have carried out the works yourself, then the receipts or invoices for the materials used must be provided. In addition, if you have employed a professional agent for any services provided in connection with your application for assistance, you must provide their bill or receipt.
Payment will normally be made direct to the contractor.
Page owner: Paula Mackenzie. Last updated: 25/06/2015 11:57