09/09/2020: Extension to Warm Homes Partnership will help Breckland residents get ready for winter
Breckland Council is extending its first-time central heating grant programme into Spring 2021 after a hugely successful first year.
The Norfolk Warm Homes Partnership, funded by National Grid and led by Broadland District Council and a partnership of seven district councils, allows people receiving universal credit, on pensions, on low incomes or with health conditions, to obtain grants to put central heating in their homes.
The programme has already made a significant impact, helping over 1,600 households in the region receive central heating grants and other benefits which totalled over £2 million.
In addition to grants, the scheme also offers advice on claiming benefits and saving money on energy bills. Some households in receipt of universal credit have received warm home discounts of to up to £140 from their energy supplier.
The campaign is not just for homeowners - private landlords can also get up to 75% off first-time central heating systems.
Breckland Council's Executive Member for Health & Housing, Councillor Alison Webb said they were delighted to be extending the scheme to March 2021:
"Last year's scheme was very successful and we were able to help a lot of people take the worry out of keeping their homes warm. We want to reach out to even more residents this autumn so that we can help them be ready for winter."
Karen Strandoo, Warm Homes Programme Manager at Broadland District Council, said: "The success of the 2019 Warm Homes Partnership has highlighted the issue of fuel poverty within Norfolk. We understand that circumstances and income may have changed for many over the last six months, and as a result, there may be many more fuel-poor households that Norfolk Warm Homes could help."
Last updated: 27/10/2020 08:20:43