Homeowners urged to apply for heating scheme

Date: 01/03/2016

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Homeowners in the Wakefield district on low incomes could be eligible for a fully funded heating system thanks to a new scheme.

A £1.5m initiative is aimed at helping people living in the Leeds City Region to save money and have a warmer home.

Wakefield Council is offering help and advice to homeowners in the district who want to apply to The Central Heating Fund to install new gas central heating.

To qualify, people need to be in receipt of certain benefits or on a low income  and living in a home that is classed as ‘energy inefficient’. They cannot currently have heating for their whole house and currently must not be using gas as the main fuel to heat their home. The Fund, in most cases, will fully fund the cost of the work and all of the work will be done for them.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills saidEveryone should live in a warm home that is affordable to heat. I would encourage people to tell their family and friends about this fantastic scheme.

“The Central Heating Fund is here to help people in our district to benefit from a modern, cost effective heating system.

“This scheme also encourages people to become more efficient with their energy use and it aims to alleviate fuel poverty.”

People need to register for The Fund before the end of March.

For more information, or to apply, call Wakefield Council on 03449 020222 or email eat@wakefield.gov.uk