May elections

You must register to vote in the upcoming May elections before Wednesday 17 April. If you cannot attend the elections, you can apply for a postal vote before 5pm on Wednesday 17 April. Find all the key dates on our election news page.


Home Upgrade Grant (HUG2)

Home Upgrade Grant Phase 2 (HUG2) is a new government grant scheme to fund energy-saving upgrades. It is aimed at people living in cold homes, with off-grid gas heating systems, who are struggling with winter fuel bills. 

HUG2 could help you to use less energy, reduce your bills and carbon footprint.


You can apply to the scheme if your home:

  • is heated by oil, coal, LPG or electric-only heating
  • has a poor Energy Performance Certificate score (we can provide a free EPC assessment)

In addition, you need to be a homeowner or private tenant, and:

  • have a combined annual income of less than £36,000, or
  • receive certain income-related benefits such as Universal Credit, or
  • be in an Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) area

If you are a landlord with 4 properties or fewer, you can also apply. You must contribute at least one third of the cost of the upgrades. We will agree this with you before work begins.

How it will help

The grant can fund a range energy saving improvements to help cut your energy bills and reduce your carbon emissions. These could include:

  • insulation and ventilation upgrades - to keep you warn in winter and cool in summer
  • a low carbon heating system - such as an air source heat pump (which will mean upgrading any existing heating system)
  • heating controls - to make sure you only use heat when you need it
  • an energy efficient hot water solution - to keep your water warm for longer
  • solar panels (PV) - to generate electricity
  • energy efficient lighting - cheaper to run

We will arrange a survey and EPC assessment for your home, which will identify which improvements are suitable for your home.


You can apply for HUG2 online.

You can also call the Energy Saving Trust on 0808 196 8255.

If you need any help with your application, Rainbow Services can assist you.

Funding is available until March 2025.