Hundreds of fuel poor households in Wellingborough and across the county are set to receive support to warm their homes this winter thanks to the Warm Homes Fund.
The Borough Council of Wellingborough in partnership with the Northants Warm Homes partnership has secured nearly £4 million as part of a countywide project to provide fully-funded central heating for homes that don’t already have it. The money will be matched by other grant and by contributions from landlords and local authorities to ensure that eligible homes won’t need to pay a penny.
Those households eligible for the Warm Homes Fund are those most in need of support, including people on a low income that have high energy bills, and who are vulnerable to the cold because of health conditions. Both owner-occupiers and private tenants can apply, and tenants will need the permission of their landlord.
Cllr Martin Griffiths, Leader of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, said: “With the colder evenings drawing closer, we are committed to working with our partners through this initiative to support eligible residents and ensure they’re able to sufficiently heat their homes. We estimate this project will help around 150 households in the borough to significantly reduce their heating bills by installing first time gas central heating in their properties.
“This initiative will support the council’s agenda to do our bit to help reduce carbon footprint and work towards making the right steps towards improving our local climate. In addition to the creation of a cross party climate change working party which will review the council’s climate change strategy.”
The Warm Homes Fund scheme will run until 2021 and fit efficient gas central heating in around 1400 fuel-poor homes across Northants, and is being run by Surefire Management Services (SMS) on behalf of all the local authorities. Nationally, the Warm Homes Fund has been established by National Grid and is administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions.
Gearoid Lane, Director of SMS said: “We are delighted to be working with The Borough Council of Wellingborough and our partners to deliver fully-funded central heating to homes in Northants. In the many areas across Britain where the fund is already operating, residents have been very positive about the support they have received. It will make a huge difference in helping people on low incomes to heat their homes effectively.”
All support through the Warm Homes Fund scheme is subject to the eligibility criteria. To find out more go to www.northantswarmhomes.com or call freephone 0800 029 4542. All visits will be by appointment only and assessors will carry photo ID.