Council offers support to residents to stay warm this winter

29/01/2019, PR8976

​Wakefield Council has a number of schemes to help residents stay warm this winter, and save money.

The Council is committed to working with its partners to help people access help, advice and grants that make a difference to their lives.

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

​Cllr Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: "There are lots of things that help make homes more energy efficient and reduce fuel bills.

"By offering these schemes, we are helping to tackle issues which affects people nationwide, as well as here in the district, and creates warmer, healthier homes."

The recently launched BeWarm Wakefield scheme offers grants to help cover or contribute towards the cost of installing loft and cavity wall insulation, which will be delivered by the Council's approved Better Homes Yorkshire insulation partner, YES Energy Solutions. For more information contact 01422 880109 or projects@yesenergysolutions.co.uk

Over £180, 000 has also been secured through Affordable Warmth Solutions and National Grid to provide first time central heating systems to residents that qualify.

Through the Wakefield Warm Homes Fund the Council will arrange for gas-fired central heating systems and gas connections to be installed for owner occupiers and tenants that qualify.

Eligible residents must not have a central heating system already installed and struggle to heat their home. Households that are using electric storage heaters or coal fired heating systems or have no heating at all are urged to apply.

The Council has also secured funding to be able to help vulnerable owner occupiers with heating improvements this winter.

The Fuel Poverty Fund can help pay for gas boiler repairs, gas boiler replacement, full gas central heating systems and installation of a new gas connection.

The Fund is available for qualifying people that have a broken or poor heating system that are also on a low income and have an illness, disability or health condition made worse by the cold. 

For more information on the Wakefield Warm Homes Scheme and the Fuel Poverty Fund contact 01924 350887 or eat@wakefield.gov.uk

These schemes contribute towards the Wakefield District Economic Plan, which proposes how the Council, businesses, communities, the voluntary sector and other partners will work together to develop and improve the district over the next five years.

Part of the plan is to ensure residents have access to quality, affordable homes which in turn connects people to economic opportunity and growth and reduces fuel poverty.