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The Greater South East Net Zero Hub, in partnership with Stevenage Borough Council, is pleased to announce an update to the eligibility criteria for the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 (HUG2), aimed at providing energy efficiency and clean heating upgrades to low-income households across England.

Responding to feedback and a thorough review of the program, the Department of Energy and Sustainable Net Zero (DESNZ) has increased the household income threshold to £36,000, up from £31,000, to ensure that more families can benefit from this vital initiative.

The expanded eligibility criteria are anticipated to increase the number of eligible households by approximately 19% nationally within the scheme. This means more families will have access to the support they need to improve energy efficiency, reduce fuel poverty, and contribute to the UK’s Net Zero commitment by 2050.

The Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 addresses the pressing need to upgrade inefficient off-gas grid heated homes, with a focus on those in the most deprived areas, helping them transition to cleaner and more sustainable heating solutions.

Customers will be guided through the application journey, with support helping them to understand the scheme and establish eligibility. There are several energy-saving upgrades which may be suitable depending on the property including:

  • Insulation and ventilation upgrades
  • An upgrade to a low carbon heating system
  • Heating controls
  • Energy-efficient hot water systems
  • Solar PV

Councillor Simon Speller, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Performance said:

“We remain dedicated to ensuring that every eligible household has access to the Home Upgrade Grant and are pleased to see the increase in the household income threshold. This update extends the opportunity for more families to access energy-efficient upgrades, ultimately improving living conditions and reducing energy bills.”

Local Authorities will continue to work closely with residents to ensure they are aware of the changes and understand how they may be eligible for the scheme. Further information will be provided through various channels, including our website, and residents are encouraged to reach out to their local authority for assistance.

For more information and to stay updated on the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2, please visit our Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 web page.