Wakefield Council launches new heating scheme

23/06/2020, PR-9445

A new heating scheme has been launched by Wakefield Council for vulnerable tenants living in the private rented sector, affected by fuel poverty. 

Cllr Darren Byford
Cllr Darren Byford

Under the new initiative people in the district on low incomes who rent a home from a private landlord, which has inadequate heating, can apply to receive fully funded central heating or a replacement for a broken boiler.

Landlords, who own less than 10 rental properties and are struggling to upgrade their tenants’ inadequate heating, can also apply for the funding.

Cllr Darren Byford, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council, said: “Everyone deserves to have a warm, secure home and this is fantastic scheme, which will make a difference to people in our district. I’d encourage anyone who thinks they may qualify to get in touch.”

Tenants must be on a low income and have an illness, and, or, a disability that is impacted by living in a cold home.  As funding is limited, people are urged to  enquire about the scheme as soon as possible.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: “We know that people who have a low income can struggle particularly when the weather turns cold and it impacts their health. This is just another way that we are trying to support our residents who have financial challenges and urge people to get in touch to see we can help.”

If approved, tenants will be offered new heating systems on a first-come, first-served basis.

All works will be carried out by the Council’s approved contractors thorough the Better Homes Yorkshire Framework, no cash alternative is offered.

Wakefield tenants and landlords who wish to find out if they are eligible for a grant should call the Council’s Home Energy Team on 01924 305887 or email energyteam@wakefield.gov.u