Warm homes on prescription

It’s important to keep warm, particularly if you have long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to the negative effects of living in a cold home. The cold can worsen existing health conditions and so increase the risk to those with existing respiratory, circulatory and mobility issues. To keep warm and safe you should heat your rooms to a healthy temperate of between 18 and 21 oC.

If you live in a low-income household where someone has cold-sensitive long-term health conditions, the Nottinghamshire Warm Homes on Prescription project may be able to help you keep your house warmer for less.

Support is assessed through means testing and provided to residents who:

  • have long-term health conditions made worse by the cold
  • are in fuel poverty (defined as having a gross household income of no more than £16,010 per annum excluding PIP/DLA, or less than £800 a month after mortgage or rent)
  • have savings and investments of no more than £16,000
  • own their own home, or privately rent their home - please note your Landlord would need to provide written consent and contribute 50% towards the total costs prior to installation 

How does warm homes on prescription work?

Qualifying residents will get a home visit to check the need for a heading upgrade/installation measures and to asses income and savings levels. Supporting evidence will need to be supplied. 

The project will also signpost you to existing local services offering:

How to apply

If you think you’re eligible you can apply online via the warm homes on prescription application form, or contact us on 01636 650000 or via email on help4u@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

What improvements are covered?

Depending on the existing systems in your home, the following might be recommended.

Heating Improvements including:

  • boiler repairs/replacement (please note this is not an emergency service)
  • new heating controls
  • insulation

Making heating more affordable by:

  • reducing heating costs with tariff switching
  • increasing income using benefits checks
  • setting controls and timers to use heating/water heating more efficiently