Homeowners urged to apply for scheme to warm their homes

Date: 19/04/2016
Ref: PR 8213

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. A free gas connection may also be available to homes that are not currently connected to the gas network.

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 must not be using gas as the main fuel to heat their home. The Fund, in most cases, will fully pay the cost of the work.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills said "Everyone should live in a warm home that is affordable to heat and this scheme is taking us a step further to alleviating fuel poverty.

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

"I would urge homeowners living in the district that are experiencing problems heating their homes to contact us to find out how they can be supported whilst the funding is still available."

Funding is limited and those interested need to register before the end of June, with the work to then be completed by the end of August this year.

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