This assistance is for owner occupiers over the age of 65, or those with chronic or severe health conditions affected by poor housing conditions (verified by a GP or medical professional), who need to undertake essential repairs to their home in order to remain safe and healthy, for example heating repairs or works to prevent falls.  Essential repairs are determined as a Category 1 (serious) or significant Category 2 (other) hazards as determined by the Housing Act 2004.  The maximum available funding is £8,000 (including fees). The grant must be repaid if the property is sold within 10 years of completion of the works.

The property must be more than 10 years old and applicants must have lived at the address for a minimum of 12 months.  The applicant must be in receipt of a qualifying benefit (see below) or have an annual household income after tax of below £23,250.

Tenants in privately rented properties may be eligible for a grant for essential repairs to the home to remain safe and healthy and where such repairs are not the responsibility of the landlord. 

Qualifying benefits:

Income Support

Housing Benefit

 

Universal Credit

Income-based Employment and Support Allowance

(not contribution-based ESA)

Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit provided that the annual income for the purposes of assessing entitlement to the tax credit is less than £16,010 (or any other subsequent threshold set as part of Working/Child Tax Credit)

 

War Disablement Pension (must include a mobility supplement or constant attendance allowance)

 

Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

(not contribution-based JSA)

Personal Independence Payment (with an income of the applicant and their partner [if applicable] after tax,  below £23,250)

 

Attendance Allowance (with an income of the applicant and their partner [if applicable] after tax, below £23,250)

 

Guarantee Pension Credit

(not Savings Pension Credit alone)

Carers Allowance  (with an income of the applicant and their partner [if applicable] after tax, below £23,250)

 

Disability Living Allowance  (with an income of the applicant and their partner [if applicable] after tax, below £23,250)

Please contact the private sector housing team for further information ehs@southkesteven.gov.uk