Lichfield District homes to be helped out of fuel poverty
Eligible households across Lichfield District could be helped out of fuel poverty, thanks to a brand-new scheme.
Households that aren’t connected to gas, and meet certain eligibility criteria, could get a brand new fully funded central heating system in their home as part of the Staffordshire Warmer Homes initiative.
The initiative is being rolled out throughout the district in July, before making its way across the rest of the county.
Up to 1,000 fuel poor households in Staffordshire could benefit from the initiative. Added to this, wider support around making homes easier to keep warm and appropriate access to benefits will be given to around 12,000 people.
As a result, households could save up to £350 each year from their annual fuel bill by changing to gas central heating.
The £150m Warm Homes Fund has been established by National Grid to support local authorities to address some of the issues affecting fuel poor households. Other funding for the initiative has been provided from public sector partners.
To deliver this initiative in Lichfield District, Staffordshire County Council is working in partnership with E.ON and Lichfield District Council.
Eligible households are being written to directly, but others who think they might be eligible are being urged to go to www.staffordshire.gov.uk/warmerhomes, call E.ON on 0333 202 4481 to find out more and apply.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing Alan White said:
“Fuel poverty affects thousands of people across the country. This contributes to a number of health problems, as respiratory, cardiovascular and mobility conditions can be made worse if an individual is living in a cold home.
“We’re keen to ensure that as many eligible people in Lichfield as possible find out more about the scheme and apply, so we can identify all those who are at risk of fuel poverty and related health risks, provide support and advice, and get them the help they need.”
Councillor Ashley Yeates, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, added:
“We’re pleased to be working with the county council and E.ON to promote this scheme to our residents. Central heating makes a huge difference to health and wellbeing.
“We don’t want any of our residents to miss out on the advantages of central heating because they can’t afford the installation costs. Having the installation covered and the work arranged, means that eligible local homes can benefit from being warmer and cheaper to heat. I really urge anyone across the district who thinks they may be eligible to access this fund to contact the team.”