National schemes and benefits
- Cold weather payments – for those on a low income, during spells of exceptionally cold weather
- Winter fuel payments – for elderly people
- Green Deal - make energy-saving improvements without paying all the costs up front
- Warm Home Discount scheme – a £130 discount on your electricity bill.
Find out more about the financial help you can get, and practical tips about staying warm in winter:
Free local help for vulnerable people
Winter Home Check
Our free service includes:
- a full assessment of your home to identify how to keep it warm
- small preventative works such as reducing drafts, improving insulation, clearing gutters, lagging pipes and clearing chimneys
- providing additional temporary heating.
Surviving Winter Grant
You can apply for this grant if you are in fuel poverty, which is when a household spends more than 10% of its income on fuel for home heating.
Local branches of Age UK and Citizens Advice Bureau are administrating the grant in East Sussex and will make a judgement as to the specific grant that would assist each individual, up to a maximum of £125 or in exceptional cases up to £250.
To apply for the grant, please contact any one of these agencies directly:
- Age UK Lewes – 01273 476704
- Hastings & Rother (1066) Citizens Advice Bureau – 01424 721420
- Lewes Citizens Advice Bureau – 01273 473082
- Eastbourne Citizens Advice Bureau – 01323 417177
- Rother Citizens Advice Bureau – 01424 215055
- Wealden Citizens Advice Bureau – 01825 764940
This grant is funded by public donation and East Sussex County Council:
Help from your local district or borough council
If you are planning home improvements such as insulation, solar panels, a wind turbine or heat pump, you may be able to get some help with the cost.
Some energy efficiency grants are only available to people who receive a disability or income-related benefit, but there are many other types of funding that are available to all.
Before applying for a grant or loan for the work you want to do, you will probably need planning permission: