There are a lot of grants available to help UK households, yet most of them go unclaimed. This may be because the majority of grants are targeted towards those who are disabled, elderly or on lower incomes, but this is not always the case.
So What Is A Grant?
A grant is a sum of money or a voucher that can be used to cover the cost of something. It may not cover the entire cost, so you may have to make some sort of contribution, but the most important thing is that they are usually totally free.
When it comes to utility grants, the majority are specific to certain suppliers. It is important to remember that although a company may some with a grant, they may not be the cheapest overall. The nature of the grant might be to encourage you to do something you wouldn’t normally or buy something you might not have considered.
Free Cash To Help Pay For Water Arrears
The main site to consult about water company schemes is Water UK. This website provides help from providers, such as United Utilities and many others. You can also get information about the WaterSure scheme, referrals for hardship funding and assistance with applying for direct payments to be made from benefits (this is sometimes known as Water Direct). There are also some special tariffs that may be offered by certain providers and new start/restart schemes (the name will vary depending where you live. The idea of this scheme is to match payments or write off some of the debt you owe if you decide to enter an arrears payment plan.
There are some conditions for being able to benefit from the WaterSure scheme. These are:
- You currently have a water meter
- You are on specific benefits
- You have 3 or more children living in your house who are under the age of 19 or you have someone in your household who has a medical condition who needs a lot of water for whatever reason
- An example of a medical condition would be weeping skin diseases (psoriasis for example or Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis
The WaterSure scheme is designed to cap your bills at the level of an average household for your company. This should mean you don’t have to worry about how you will pay your bill or have the need to cut back on how much water you use due to this concern.
For you to be able to qualify for the WaterSure scheme, either you or someone who lives in your household needs to be receiving at least one of these benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Pension Credit
- Income Related Employment & Support Allowance
Please note that if you are a family that is receiving the family element only of Child Tax Credit, you cannot qualify. You also cannot benefit from the WaterSure scheme if you use a sprinkler system in your garden or have a swimming pool.
To apply for the WaterSure scheme, you will need to do so through your water company.
Water Saving Freebies
You are also able to benefit from a range of freebies that can help you save water, no matter what your financial or home situation is. These can include:
- Shower timer
- Flush bags
- Water widgets
- Water audit leaflets
There are also specific perks offered by certain companies, including a free showerhead and shower timers from Thames Water that can apparently save you up to £97 a year if you are on a water meter. Once you have ordered your products, you should receive them within 28 days and you can only have one item per household.
Another provider-specific perk is water efficiency visits for Anglian Water customers. The visit is conducted by an approved plumber who visits your house and inspects for any leaks as well as fitting any other water efficient products, such as a dual flush for your toilet, tap fittings for your shower and sink and a hosepipe gun. All customers are eligible and the company have said they are expecting to make 20,000 home visits throughout 2015.