Warm homes scheme
We have recently been successful in securing funding for a first time central heating project in rural areas, called the Warm Homes scheme.
This fund will provide 50 households in rural areas with a full central heating system. To qualify, properties must be located in an area with no gas connection and have never had central heating. This means current heating is likely to be by electric storage, room heaters, wood burners or open fires. The scheme is specifically for households on a low income or on benefits and to qualify you must be:
A homeowner or private renting tenant* living in a home off the mains gas network with no central heating, and
- have a household income below £8,900 - single occupier, or £14,600 - multi occupiers. (Income thresholds vary if you have children living in the property, please get in touch for further details)
- are claiming one or more of the following state benefits:
- Pension guarantee credit
- Income based job seekers allowance
- Income support
- Income based employment & support allowance
- Child tax or working tax credit**
- Universal credit**
*If you rent a property, please get consent to register interest from your landlord. Your landlord may be required to make a small contribution towards the cost of the install for the funding to be released, this will be discussed with them
**Income thresholds apply
The installation will be at little or no cost to the householder. Funding comes from National Grid's Warm Homes Fund, the Energy Company Obligation and an existing council budget to assist low income residents to improve their home energy efficiency. This will enable residents to heat their homes effectively at a lower cost. Different forms of central heating are available, depending on the property type, including air source heat pumps, a renewable technology which channels heat from the air outside, a bit like a reverse air conditioning unit.
We are partnering with YES Energy Solutions and with VIVID homes to deliver this project, with YES acting as project manager and VIVID putting forward some of their own housing stock.
Residents wishing to register interest in the scheme can contact YES Energy Solutions directly on: 01422 417585 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like further information from the council about this scheme, or have any queries, please contact the Climate Change Team on 01256 845315 or by emailing email@example.com.
Climate Change team
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