Why we audit
Why do we audit?
We pay out public money so we need to make sure it's being spent properly and people are following the rules. Audit checks are one way to do this. They also help us identify and protect against errors and fraud.
Anyone can be selected for an audit check at any time. We select heating systems based on a number of reasons including random sampling.
What does an audit check involve?
There are two different types of audits and your heating system could be selected for either.
Where overpayments have been made, we will seek to recover these amounts by offsetting them against future payments. Where this isn’t possible, we will instead request the money owed to be repaid. We will be flexible in repayment terms, but we expect participants to engage with us or our agents. We will use a debt collection partner if we are satisfied money is owed and participants in debt are not engaging with us.
This is when we audit your application before it’s accredited. This could involve us asking you for certain documents or inspecting your heating system to verify its eligibility.
Post accreditation audits
Desk audit: we will ask you to give us certain documents and records.
Site audit: this is an onsite visit, where we inspect the heating system and property. We will ask to see certain documents and records. It's carried out by external auditors. Owner-occupiers need to submit a declaration confirming that you permit us to access the property to inspect the heating system. Landlords need to submit a declaration confirming the tenant of the property permits access for inspection.
If we don’t have your cooperation, we may suspend your payments.
What documents do I need to I keep during my membership?
- a copy(s) of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certificate
- a copy(s) of the MCS compliance certificates
- a copy of the domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- purchase receipts for the heating system
- fuel receipts for biomass boilers and stoves
- calibration certificates, if applicable (where the heating system is metered).
You might also be asked for further evidence - for example, photographic evidence for the heating system or meter, copies of utility bills, copies of correspondence for grant funding and a copy of the metering for payment installer metering questions that your installer gives you, if your heating system is metered.
What actions can we take?
If you are found to be non-compliant, depending on severity, we may:
- suspend payments temporarily or withhold them permanently
- revoke the installation’s accreditation
- recover overpayments
Fraud and counter fraud
We take a zero tolerance approach to fraud and have a dedicated Counter Fraud Team to detect, prevent and deter it. Examples of dishonesty to make a financial gain from the scheme include:
- intentionally not reporting a change in your circumstances
- applicants or other individuals within the supply chain submitting false or misleading documents to gain access to the scheme, or to increase payments due from the scheme.
Where we identify suspected fraud or unethical practices, we’ll refer the individuals in question to the relevant authorities which may include Action Fraud, the Police or Trading Standards.
If you have concerns about suspected fraud, please report it to us:
For further information, visit our Counter Fraud web page.
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