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Adur & Worthing Council support

This page provides an overview of the home energy support schemes and services that Adur and Worthing residents can access.

 

Home Energy Support

West Sussex Citizens Advice Home Energy Telephone Service

Adur and Worthing residents can get FREE tailor-made home energy advice from the West Sussex Citizens Advice home energy telephone service. The telephone service is provided by Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice but covers all West Sussex. They can help with:

  • Checking you are on the best tariff and look at ways to save you money
  • Information on Local and National schemes to help keep you warm and well at home
  • Helping you find funding for further energy saving and heating measures
  • Support with energy and other household debts
  • Signpost you to other relevant community services and schemes, and much more

Available to all housing tenures, owner occupied, private and socially rented homes.

To speak to one of their friendly advisors:

CALL: 01243 974063 (Monday to Friday 10am- 4pm)

Email: energy@arunchichestercab.org.uk

 *local call charges or mobile data use may apply, please check your provider. If you are unable to call or are worried about your mobile credit you can email and request a call back.

You can find out more and apply at: Citizens Advice West Sussex Energy Advice Service

 

LEAP

UPDATE: Home visits are currently paused March – July. You can still get telephone home energy support from LEAP, including support with bills, money advice, signposting to other services and referrals into other schemes and grants.

Residents living on a low income or vulnerable to the cold may also be eligible for a free home energy visit. You could benefit from tailor made energy saving advice in your home and you could have FREE simple energy saving measures such as LED’s and draught proofing fitted.

LEAP is available to all housing tenures, Owner occupied, private and socially rented homes.

As part of your LEAP visits you could access additional community schemes including:

  • Warmer Homes – First time central heating grants with gas connection funding. Tenants and owner occupied.
  • HEART – replacement white good scheme – Apply through the LEAP services
  • ECHO (Emergency Central Heating Offer) – provides emergency response assistance to qualifying households to repair or replace broken or condemned boilers. Apply through the LEAP services. Funding is limited and may be withdrawn once the scheme has created capacity.

Please note Covid restrictions may limit the availability of some of these services.

Call: 0800 060 7567

Email: support@applyforleap.org.uk

Visit the LEAP webpage for the most up to date information.

 

Age UK West Sussex Brighton and Hove

This year, Age UK’s handyperson services are able to offer home energy
checks via telephone or video-link to older people who are finding it difficult
to keep their homes warm.

  • Available across West Sussex
  • Information and Advice
  • Install simple energy saving measures
  • For the over 50’s finding it difficult to stay warm or are finding it difficult to stay warm

To refer please call Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove – Help at Home team on 01903 726276

 

Energy Efficiency Schemes

The below schemes are available in Adur and Worthing – eligibility criteria apply. For further information click on the name of the scheme to find out more on the West Sussex Grants and Schemes page of the website.

Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LAD)– Green Home Grant – Warmer Homes

  • Do you have a household income under £30,000?
  • Does your home have a low EPC
  • Could you benefit from a package of energy efficiency improvements?
  • Available to owner occupied and private rent tenants.

Local Authority Flexibility– LA Flex 

  • Funding available for insulation measures such as cavity, solid wall, and loft insulation , as well as certain heating improvements such as storage heaters and boilers.
  • Eligibility based of income, health and household vulnerability to the cold. It is not but not benefit dependent.
  • Available to owner occupied and private rent tenants.

Energy Company Obligation – ECO 

  • Funding available for insulation measures such as cavity wall and loft insulation and solid wall insulation
  • Eligibility criteria vary across those energy suppliers who run a scheme but if you are on certain benefits and need better insulation or heating you could qualify for financial support for these improvement.
  • Available to owner occupied and private rent tenants.

 

Adur and Worthing Councils’ Housing Repairs, Adaptations and Heating Grants

Adaptation Grants

Disabled Facility Grants enable low income owner occupiers and tenants who have a disability to carry out adaptations to their home to enable them to cope better with their health based needs. For some medical conditions this can include improved heating and insulation. However, the most common adaptations are things like wet rooms, stair lifts and ramps. To begin the process of applying for a Disabled Facility Grant you would need to contact the West Sussex County Council Occupational Therapy Team via the Council’s Carepoint Number 01243 642121

Repair Grants

For owner occupiers on a means tested benefit who have serious defects with their home, Adur and Worthing have something called Repair Grant Assistance which is an amount up to £5000 intended to resolve those serious housing hazards. This can include repairs and heating systems if they have completely failed. A charge is put on the property which reduces by 20% each year, but a portion of which must be repaid if the property is sold within 5 years. Adur and Worthing District Council – Help with repairs 

Heating Grants

Adur and Worthing have a Discretionary Safe Suitable and Warm Homes Grant for owner occupiers on a low income with a disability (or person with disability in the property). This grant is available to help you make improvements and repairs to reduce the risks of living at home, including improving electrical or gas safety, heating improvements or possibly insulation. This grant may also be available in palliative care situations.

For the most up to date information on these scheme and other support for private sector housing visit the Adur and Worthing District Council Housing  or contact the Private Sector Housing Team on: home.improvement@adur-worthing.gov.uk or call 01273 263112/01273 263307.

For social and council housing guidance visit Adur and Worthing Council Housing webpage .

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