The Boiler Replacement Allowance offers up to £1000 to applicants who meet the Boiler Replacement Scheme's required financial criteria

The Boiler Replacement Allowance is a Department for Social Development Scheme, administered by the Housing Executive. The Boiler Replacement Scheme is part-financed by the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.

The Boiler Replacement Scheme is for owner occupiers whose total gross income is less than £40,000 and is designed to help with the cost of replacing boilers that are 15 years or older with new boilers.

The allowance amount payable depends on the total income of the applicant, with those earning less than £20,000 receiving £700 for replacing their boiler, which rises to £1,000 when controls are also installed.

There is a sliding scale in the allowance available for those earning between £20,000 and £40,000, with additions when controls are fitted. Building control inspection and fee is compulsory for this scheme and the cost of the fee is not included in the grant. Householders are free to use an installer of their choice as long as they are 'gas safe' registered for gas installations.

The Boiler Replacement Scheme has resulted in the replacement of 15,000 old, inefficient boilers.

The Boiler Replacement Scheme is due to end on 31 March 2015, so those interested shoud apply as soon as possible to check eligibility for the Boiler Replacement Allowance.

Eligible?

Those who think they may be eligible can call 03448 920900, make contact online or register by email at boiler-replacement@nihe.gov.uk. Include your name, full postal address, Council area and contact telephone number in the email.