Help for heating with the Warm Homes Programme

12/07/2018, PR8833A

​Wakefield residents are being urged to apply for funding that aims to help homeowners and private rented tenants to lower their fuel bills.

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​A total of £2.9m is available to help more than 700 households across Leeds City Region to keep their homes warm with a new central heating system.

The scheme is open to residents who do not have a central heating system already installed and find it hard to heat their home. People need to apply as soon as possible as the grants are available for a limited period only.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

​Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council, said: “Despite the warm weather now is a great time to plan ahead, put in an application for a grant and be prepared for the colder months. I welcome this scheme as it is very important that everyone is able to heat their homes and stay warm during the winter months.”

The Council is backing the scheme as part of its drive to help residents save energy and money and to reduce fuel poverty.

Part-funded by National Grid, the Leeds City Region Warm Homes programme is installing gas-fired central heating systems and gas connections in eligible privately-owned and privately-rented homes across the City Region.

Wakefield residents who own or privately rent their home can find out if they are eligible for support by calling Better Homes Yorkshire – the only council-backed home energy efficiency and heating provider in the Wakefield district – on 0800 597 1500.

If approved, householders will be offered new heating systems on a first-come, first-served basis. Qualifying owner occupiers will receive the system at no cost, while landlords with qualifying tenants will be offered heavily discounted systems.

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