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    • Former MSE Wendy
    • By Former MSE Wendy 31st Aug 07, 11:48 AM
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    Former MSE Wendy
    Grants available for homes improvements & energy efficiency
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    • 31st Aug 07, 11:48 AM
    Grants available for homes improvements & energy efficiency 31st Aug 07 at 11:48 AM

    This thread is to discuss Grant Grabbing for your home article

    To discuss or ask a question - click reply
    Last edited by Former MSE Rose; 09-06-2010 at 4:14 PM.
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    • juraj.kecso
    • By juraj.kecso 13th Jun 19, 9:01 AM
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    juraj.kecso
    I am just wondering if any help is available if I am not elderly, disabled, low income or on benefits. Or can I simply sit and watch my tax pay for other peoples' new boilers and insulation?
    • ashe
    • By ashe 13th Jun 19, 9:22 AM
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    ashe
    I am just wondering if any help is available if I am not elderly, disabled, low income or on benefits. Or can I simply sit and watch my tax pay for other peoples' new boilers and insulation?
    Originally posted by juraj.kecso

    Isnít that why you pay tax, to help run the country and support those that canít afford it?

    If you canít get any support itís likely because you can afford the things yourself.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 13th Jun 19, 10:04 AM
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    Davesnave
    I am just wondering if any help is available if I am not elderly, disabled, low income or on benefits. Or can I simply sit and watch my tax pay for other peoples' new boilers and insulation?
    Originally posted by juraj.kecso
    You got that partially right. It was actually your energy bills that subsidised the loft insulation added to my refurbished property in 2016. I'm not poor either, but the work did at least support two guys from the economically depressed Welsh Valleys, who burned much diesel to get here and carry it out!

    I can't say whether that particular scheme is still in existence. I got the feeling I was on the tail end of it, but it was monitored extremely well to prevent fraud.

    If you want to know whether you can claim anything, the answers will be in the relevant section of MSE linked to this thread, which is where I went. They will be updated as appropriate, because this site prides itself on accuracy.
    Things are more like they are right now than they've ever been.




    • Rusty Shackleton
    • By Rusty Shackleton 13th Jun 19, 12:31 PM
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    I am just wondering if any help is available if I am not elderly, disabled, low income or on benefits. Or can I simply sit and watch my tax pay for other peoples' new boilers and insulation?
    Originally posted by juraj.kecso
    How dare the weakest and most vulnerable in our society get any assistance with the cost of living and making their homes more liveable, right?

    If it makes you feel any better, you have to be a pretty damn high earner for a long time not to be a net recipient of benefits over your lifetime, once you take into account all the things you use but don't really notice other taxpayers have paid for.

    Get the chip off your shoulder, pay for your housing upgrades, and try to be happy to live a country that (despite the best efforts of the conservative party), doesn't leave the old/disabled/poor people to shiver in freezing houses because they weren't as lucky as you in the lottery that is life.
    • PurAsc
    • By PurAsc 13th Jun 19, 1:30 PM
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    On a local level, I've heard that North Somerset are offering private landlords grants of up to £5,000 to improve their properties; to help them comply with the EPC legislation due to come in from April 2020 that affects all tenancies below an E band. Hope that helps someone!
    • juraj.kecso
    • By juraj.kecso 14th Jun 19, 4:33 PM
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    juraj.kecso
    The fact that I don't qualify for benefits does not automatically make me a millionaire. Once you take away normal living costs, mortgage, bills etc. me and my partner can just about get by. I don't go out on Friday nights or eat at a restaurant every evening.

    I have nothing against helping out those less fortunate, but it would be nice if could also qualify for some help as well.

    A property I own has an old boiler, probably 10 years old. Replacing would cost approx £3k, all of which is out of my own pocket. It would be great if my tax could also go towards supporting myself, not just everyone else.
    • ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 14th Jun 19, 7:46 PM
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    ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    10 years old is nothing! Mine was 30 years old before I replaced it.
    I didn't get where i am today by not reading moneysavingexpert.com
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 15th Jun 19, 10:22 AM
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    A property I own has an old boiler, probably 10 years old.
    Originally posted by juraj.kecso
    Interesting you use the indefinite article rather than the definite article at the start of that sentence.


    How many properties do you own?
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    • ashe
    • By ashe 15th Jun 19, 10:29 PM
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    ashe
    The fact that I don't qualify for benefits does not automatically make me a millionaire. Once you take away normal living costs, mortgage, bills etc. me and my partner can just about get by. I don't go out on Friday nights or eat at a restaurant every evening.

    I have nothing against helping out those less fortunate, but it would be nice if could also qualify for some help as well.

    A property I own has an old boiler, probably 10 years old. Replacing would cost approx £3k, all of which is out of my own pocket. It would be great if my tax could also go towards supporting myself, not just everyone else.
    Originally posted by juraj.kecso
    Must be nice to own your own home and be able to afford things like restaurants even if it is just a bit. What an utterly disgusting attitude
    • keeleyrox
    • By keeleyrox 10th Jul 19, 6:48 AM
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    Hello. Thank you Wendy for your advice. My mothers boiler has gone & as of last night I contacted EON on her behalf about this EOC Grant which you speak of. On further investigation I found her electrical wiring to be extremely out of date (circa 1950's) & I can't seem to find a grant to help her with this ANYWHERE. I've been searching for 4 hours now, do you have any suggestions? My mother is 72yrs has only JUST paid off her mortgage & receives only a pension. I don't have enough money to lend myself & not sure what to do. I have arranged for The London Fire Brigade to visit to give her a safety check but they'll most likely advise full re-wiring too at £2k onwards she just doesn't have the funds but I want to keep her safe. Thank you.
    • BSW1
    • By BSW1 8th Oct 19, 10:39 AM
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    Disability Grant
    Hi I can sympathise with your problem but the best way to deal with these problems is to contact the planning department od your council and ask in fact demand that an inspector comes out and see the shoddy work and then it will be put right. It may also mean that the company doing the work will be taken off of the councils work list as unsuitable unless there is money changeing hands (lets not be naive here) the council rules as to the quality of work should be high.
    I hope this helps
    Good luck
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 8th Oct 19, 11:00 AM
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    Davesnave
    Hi I can sympathise with your problem....
    Originally posted by BSW1
    It's not clear who has this problem, because you didn't quote the relevant post and there are 330 of them!
    Things are more like they are right now than they've ever been.




    • Fire Fox
    • By Fire Fox 8th Oct 19, 11:58 AM
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    Fire Fox
    The fact that I don't qualify for benefits does not automatically make me a millionaire. Once you take away normal living costs, mortgage, bills etc. me and my partner can just about get by. I don't go out on Friday nights or eat at a restaurant every evening.

    I have nothing against helping out those less fortunate, but it would be nice if could also qualify for some help as well.

    A property I own has an old boiler, probably 10 years old. Replacing would cost approx £3k, all of which is out of my own pocket. It would be great if my tax could also go towards supporting myself, not just everyone else.
    Originally posted by juraj.kecso
    Define normal living costs. The less fortunate often don't have enough for that.

    I had no safe heating for four years, no lighting in the kitchen or bathroom for two years, no extract ventilation for a decade, a leaking/ flooding immersion heater with widespread black mould for eighteen months, the last few months of that the water was mostly off at the stopcock.

    Destroyed the carpet and screed in a huge area leaving lumpy dusty split bare concrete. Imagine the indoor air quality and the state of my chest with that lot. Open a window? My street is a diesel bus terminus.

    And others have it worse than me.

    Got a few months of PIP 'backpay' a while back so a mahoosive energy debt got paid off, two rooms have heating, my kitchen/ living area has lighting, the immersion heater got replaced. LOVING having sparkly spotlights, I play with all the switches like a five year old. .

    I can now apply to the council for an equity release loan on a property that is still legally uninhabitable. Have to have everything the council do agree done within three months, regardless how sick/ old/ young/ overcrowded you are. Cannot live here with more than one thing being done anyway (central hallway is the eye of the disrepair storm).

    And others have it worse than me. I have enough money left to get another phase of repairs done.

    I am the only one of my relatives who has relied on benefits BTW, they were all taxpayers tho half are claiming your taxes as pensions now. I have worked and volunteered for many years in the past and will again. Every bit of taxpayer's money I can spend making this place a little safer is a baby step towards that.

    Others have it worse than me for much longer than me.
    Last edited by Fire Fox; 08-10-2019 at 12:06 PM.
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