Council supports ‘warmer homes’ schemes for residents
Wakefield Council is urging homeowners to take advantage of interest-free loans to make essential repairs and improvements to their homes.
Interest-free loans of up to £7,000 are available through the Wakefield Home Energy and Improvements Scheme, which has linked up with Leeds City Credit Union.
The loans can be used by owner-occupiers so they can make improvements including installing central heating and insulation, new double glazing or external doors or damp proofing and get help for those sudden essential repairs to their homes, such as replacing a boiler and roof repairs.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: "Many people's homes are not as warm as they could be, as the costs of replacing items like boilers, windows and doors can be prohibitive.
"The interest free-loan scheme offers a cost-effective way forward for some residents to make changes to make their homes warmer. It could also significantly reduce their energy bills.
"I'd like to encourage residents to get in touch and apply soon as this funding is limited."
The loans will need to be repaid within one to five years. People will need to be assessed to check they are eligible to take part and the loan is affordable for them.
The scheme supports the Council's long term plan to help householders to reduce the risk of falling into fuel poverty and improving home energy efficiency.
Residents can call 01924 305892 to find out if they are eligible for the scheme.
For further information about this, and other schemes, visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/energy.
Additionally, a drop-in session with money saving advice will take place at Wakefield One, Burton Street, on December 19, from 10am to 3pm.
People can get advice on a range of topics including energy bills, repairs, secured loan arrears, and dealing with mortgage arrears.