Funding to provide central heating to homes

Northumberland County Council and its regional partners have secured over £6.5m to tackle fuel poverty and keep bills low.

It is one of 20 projects across the country that will share £25m government funding and support more than 7,000 households that are not connected to the gas grid.

The result is that hardworking bill payers living in fuel poor households will have central heating installed for the first time.

Once installed, central heating can help households save up to £1,000 a year as well as keeping their homes warm more effectively.

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member for economic growth with Northumberland County Council, said: “We’re delighted we’ve been successful in securing over £6.5m of funding which will help around 2,000 fuel poor households across the nine local authorities across the region which form the Warm up North partnership.

“As a council we are committed to helping those who need it most. Northumberland has numerous rural areas which aren’t connected to mains gas and these settlements will be a key focus for our central heating fund targeting as the programme is rolled out.”

The Department for Energy and Climate Change received more than 80 proposals from more than 100 local authorities. The proposals were assessed on how they met the funding criteria which included value for money and how the plans would offer ongoing support to cut bills.

From autumn local councils will begin to install central heating systems in local fuel poor households. The government will continue to work closely with local authorities to implement their winning proposals, to make sure that the results inform future work.

Energy Minister Lord Bourne said: “We are determined to help Funding to provide central heating to homeshardworking families keep their homes warmer for less and we recognise that households not connected to the gas grid can pay over the odds for their heating.

“So we are taking action by backing these innovative projects that will help the people who need it most by focusing on central heating for the first time – cutting bills and keeping homes warmer. Projects like this show how much the government and local councils can achieve working together to secure a better future for local communities.”


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