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Loans and grants are available to vulnerable or disabled people and families with children, on a low income.  They are for carrying out essential repairs, improvement works and disabled adaptations (Disabled Facilities Grants).

Loans to finance home energy efficiency measures are not subject to low income or vulnerability criteria.    

If you don't qualify for grants or loans we may still be able to provide advice.

West of England Care and Repair can help you apply for loans and grants and provide expertise and support if you are facing bigger building works or repair jobs.

Home Energy Loans

If the up-front cost of installing the measure you want is prohibitive, residents of Bath and North East Somerset can apply for a Home Energy Loan from Wessex Resolutions.   

  • Loans from £500 - £15,000 not subject to low income or vulnerability criteria.
  • Repayment term of between 6 months to 15 years. 
  • Fixed interest rate throughout the term of the loan and typical 4.2% APR
  • ​Call our Energy at Home Advice Line on 0800 038 5680 for advice and information. 

Loans are subject to status. Missing payments could affect your credit rating and ability to obtain credit in the future.  Wessex Resolutions CIC may insist on loans being protected at the Land Registry by a Title Restriction. 

Wessex Resolutions CIC

They are a Community Interest Company who works in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council as well as with other Councils in the region.  Established in 2002 as a 'not for profit' organisation, they provide low cost finance to home owners for essential maintenance and improvement works.

Disabled Facilities Grant

A Disabled Facilities Grant helps you pay for adaptations such as stairlifts and walk in showers. The maximum grant is £30,000.

  • Call Asist Team on 01225 396000 to ask for an Occupational Therapy (OT) assessment.  
  • The OT will assess your needs and decide what adaptations are necessary. 
  • A Housing Officer from the Council will arrange a home visit to check that the proposed works are reasonable and practical.  They will help you with your application.

The OT can also provide non means tested equipment such as a commode, perching stool, raised toilet seat, chair or bed raisers or arrange minor alterations (rails or small ramp) to help you:

  • Climb your stairs
  • get on and off your chair, bed or toilet
  • get in and out of your bath
  • get in and out of your home

Home Improvement Loan  

A Home Improvement Loan helps home owners pay for essential repairs that make their home safe to live in. The maximum loan is £15,000

You must be either over 60 or have a disability or a long term limiting illness or have a child 18 or under.

  • Call Wessex Resolutions CIC to ask for a home improvement loan assessment
  • An officer from Wessex Resolutions CIC will arrange a home visit to see if the repairs qualify.  They will  assess your application and offer a choice of payback options. The interest rate is 4.4%.
  • Loans are subject to approval by Housing Services at The Council

Affordable Warmth Grants

  • Affordable Warmth Grants may be available towards essential heating and insulation measures.  
  • To access these grants call our Home Energy Advice Line on 0800 038 5680. 

Urgent Repair Grants

An Urgent Repair Grant helps home owners pay for repairs needed to prevent an accident or ill health, for example to fix a broken boiler or to repair dangerous electrics. The maximum grant is £1,000

You must be either over 60 or have a disability or a long term limiting illness.

  • Call West of England Care and Repair on 0300 323 0700 to ask for an Urgent Repair Grant
  • An officer from Care and Repair will arrange a home visit to see if the repairs qualify

 

 

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