Warm Homes Fund now available to district’s residents
Wakefield Council is urging residents to apply for a new
scheme that has launched to install first time gas central heating in their
Through Better Homes Wakefield, the Council will arrange
for free gas-fired central heating systems and gas connections to be installed
in qualifying households. The work, which is being funded through the Warm
Homes Fund, will be carried out by the Council’s approved contractors,
Scarbrook Heating & Plumbing Ltd and is hassle-free.
Cllr Maureen Cummings,
Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty,
said: “Gas central heating improves home energy efficiency and helps to reduce
fuel bills over the winter.
“We also know that poverty
is a significant issue affecting many thousands of people nationwide as well as
here, in our district. As a local authority we are committed to
supporting residents by providing support to help lift people out of poverty.
“We know that residents
who have been helped through similar Council schemes have not been able to
believe the difference a warm home has made to them and their family and have
said they would urge anyone to apply for our schemes.”
The Council is backing the
scheme as part of its drive to reduce fuel poverty and help residents save
energy and money.
Eligible residents must not have a central heating system
already installed. Households that are using electric storage heaters or coal
fired heating systems, or have no heating at all, are urged to apply as there
is a good chance they will qualify.
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.
Wakefield residents who own their own home and wish to find
out if they are eligible for a grant should call the Council’s Home Energy Team
on 01924 305887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org