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Residents can claim £750 worth of materials to make homes economically viable

Political member insists those over threshold can still be considered

A new 'Energy Efficiency Scheme' has been unveiled by the government, which looks to give residents up to £750 worth of materials to make their homes more economically viable.

Materials available as part of the scheme include loft insulation rolls, LED lights, water tank jackets, and self-adhesive window seals.

The scheme is open to both private and public sector tenants, but despite the eligibility requirements set out, a political member insists they will consider those who exceed the thresholds.

Provided nobody in your household earns more than £31,876 each year, you are eligible under the scheme.

However, if a family of four all earned exactly £31,876, that would give them a total household income of more than £127,504 - they would be eligible.

But, if a couple have a combined income of more than £50,000 and one member of that household earns more than £31,876 - they wouldn't be able to claim.

So, how is it the couple can be around £77,000 worse off than the family of four and still be ineligible?

That's a question Manx Radio's Christian Jones put to political member of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture MHK Dr Michelle Haywood:

Residents claiming the following benefits are eligible to apply:

  • Attendance allowance
  • Carer’s allowance
  • Disability living allowance
  • Employed person’s allowance
  • Income support
  • Short term incapacity benefit or long term incapacity benefit
  • Income based jobseekers allowance
  • Child benefit at the full rate, equating to £24.20 per week
  • A war disablement pension

A further £500 can be applied for to assist with the installation of any materials if residents are in receipt of:

  • Carer’s allowance
  • Disability living allowance
  • Short term incapacity benefit or long-term incapacity benefit
  • War disablement pension 
  • State pension

Further information on materials available and the application form can be found HERE.

The full discussion with Dr Haywood can be heard HERE.

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