Press Release:
Super Priority Group? If so you can insulate for FREE

Release Date 01 May 2012

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is urging any household that maybe part of the Super Priority Group (SPG) to act now and receive the benefits of home insulation for free.

The Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT), which is operated by the energy suppliers, is a scheme currently running in England, Wales and Scotland which offers householders funding towards the cost of installing insulation measures. Large subsidies are available and it could even be FREE for those people on qualifying benefits or on low incomes, known in the scheme as the SPG.

According to the latest CERT figures, published in March, only 22% of the SPG target had been met, indicating that many households may not be aware of the scheme. To find out if a household is eligible for FREE insulation under the SPG they must be in receipt of one of the criteria listed below:

  1. Pension Credit
  2. Child Tax Credit under £16,190 income threshold
  3. Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Income support and one of the following:
    • pensioner premium
    • disability or severe disability premium award of child tax credit that also includes an element for a disabled, or severely disabled, child or young person
    • child under the age of five

Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA, commented: “Householders in the SPG should arrange to have their homes insulated through CERT as soon as possible so that they can immediately benefit from a warmer home and reduced fuel bills. By simply installing cavity wall and loft insulation, savings of between £185 and £310* per year can be made. The savings are even greater for insulating solid walls and lofts, now between £510 and £635** per year.” Marshall goes on to say: “The CERT scheme is due to finish at the end of 2012 making it more important than ever for these householders to take immediate action to ensure that they do not miss out.”


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