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Free central heating scheme launched

Warm homes scheme

26 May 2016

 

A new scheme has been launched to help those without full central heating to get it installed in their homes.

The Cumbria-wide scheme, which is being led by Allerdale Borough Council and administered locally by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), could pay for the installation of a full central heating system.

This would either be a gas system including the connection to the gas main or, if this is not possible, an oil-fuelled system. This full central heating system is free to eligible customers on a first come, first served basis.

To be eligible, customers have to meet certain criteria. They must be either in receipt of certain benefits, or have a total annual household income of less than £15,600 and live in a property built before 1920.

The property must not already have a gas main connection or an existing central heating system fuelled by oil or LPG. Electrically heated homes or those with a solid fuel back boiler and a partial central heating system may also qualify, contact us for further details.

SLDC joined forces with Allerdale Borough Council, Carlisle City Council and Eden District Council to bid for funding from the government’s £25m Central Heating Fund.

The successful bid has provided £1.14m, to be split across the four districts helping local people heat their homes. The councils are working in partnership with npower, which will be providing further funding and installing the central heating systems.

Northern Gas Networks/National Grid Gas will be funding and installing the gas mains.

As the funding is limited, customers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

SLDC housing standards officer Dan Russell said: “This scheme is helping out those most in need – the fuel poor. I would encourage everyone who is eligible to get their application forms in now, so that we can get the central heating systems installed as soon as possible.”

Trevor Yeoman from npower said: “We’re delighted to be working with Allerdale Borough Council and their partners to help low income residents living in hard to heat homes. Installing a new central heating system can make a real difference to people’s lives, helping them to stay warm and reduce their heating bills”.

For full details of the scheme, see if you are eligible, and to request application forms, please call the Housing Standards Team on 01539 793 376.

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