Keeping Kids Cosy aims to help families with young children (primarily those aged five and under) who are struggling with fuel poverty.
The funding for this scheme, including the grants, is being provided by The Scottish Power Energy People Trust. The project will run from 1 September 2016 until 30 August 2017.
There are approximately 1.04 million households with children living in fuel poverty in the UK right now, a number which has grown substantially since 2010. For infants, living in fuel poor homes is associated with a 30% greater risk of admission to hospital or primary care facilities. For children, fuel poor homes are associated with a significantly greater risk of respiratory problems and inadequate nutritional intake and for adolescents, living in a fuel poor home dramatically increases the risk of developing multiple mental health problems.
Through Keeping Kids Cosy, we aim to educate and inform parents on how to heat their homes adequately and comfortably while protecting and enhancing their families’ physical, mental and financial wellbeing.
What Keeping Kids Cosy can offer:
- Advice and guidance on reducing energy bills, and heating a household affordably and efficiently.
- Small grants for energy efficiency measures such as draught-proofing, thermostatic radiator valves or LED lightbulbs.
- Advice and help with switching energy tariff or supplier.
- Small grants which can be put towards a customer contribution for ECO part-funded measures such as cavity wall and loft insulation.
- House-warming hampers full of energy efficiency products.
- Referral to further grants, financial assistance and income maximisation services.
Eligibility for Keeping Kids Cosy
While Keeping Kids Cosy is aimed at families, anyone (regardless of age or household tenure) can contact the Affordable Warmth Helpline for advice and guidance on the issues listed above.
To be eligible for the grant you must:
- Have at least one child aged five or under in the household.
- Have someone in the household on a means-tested benefit (please see the qualifying benefits below).
- Be a Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire resident.
- Be an owner occupier or in a private rented property. Residents in the social rented sector (housing association or council property) are eligible for a reduced house-warming hamper and cashback for ECO measures where there has been a customer contribution. They are not eligible for the small measures grant.
The Keeping Kids Cosy grant process
To apply for the cash grant you must complete an application form and return it to us before you incur any costs. We will then make a provisional offer. The grant can only be paid as cashback, so to complete the process, we require evidence that the chosen measure has been installed and paid for. To find out more about, or to start, the grant process, download an application form today.
Alternatively, if you're a professional who focuses on the health and wellbeing of families and believe one of your clients would be eligible for a grant, please download and return a partner referral form.
Once you have selected the most appropriate items for your property and returned the application, the house-warming hamper will be delivered to an appropriate location for you to pick up. The hamper also requires evidence that the measures have been installed.
What do I do next?
If you think either you or your client could be eligible for support from Keeping Kids Cosy, or if you would like more information or have any questions about the scheme, please contact our Affordable Warmth Helpline.
To help raise awareness of Keeping Kids Cosy, please download and display a poster. Suitable locations include children’s centres, community centres, playgroups, libraries, public-facing noticeboards and waiting rooms in health and social care facilities.
Keeping Kids Cosy qualifying benefits
- Income Support.
- Working Tax Credit.
- Child Tax Credit.
- Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance.
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance.
- Universal Credit.
- Housing Benefit.
- Council Tax Support.