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There is no need to shiver

News : 14 February 2018

Homes without central heating in Wealden can benefit for installation funding provided by the District Council and Affordable Warmth Solutions.

Warm Homes Front

This money is available to both owner-occupiers and private landlords. The Warm Homes Fund applies to all villages in Wealden that are not on the mains gas grid. The occupants must be in receipt of some form of benefit.
Landlords can expect help to install an oil-fired boiler and other fittings which should cover around 70% of the overall cost. Home owners will be 100% fully funded. 
Money from the National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund is available to install central heating in up to 40 homes on a first come, first served basis. A number of participants have already come forward. The Council is particularly interested in hearing from private landlords. 
 “We think of central heating as a given today, but we believe there are more than 400 homes in the District that still do not have it,” said Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for housing at Wealden District Council. “This scheme is aimed at households in rural areas which receive some form of benefit. They are likely to be having to use expensive heaters and fires which will be failing to maintain a warm home.”
Cold homes can aggravate existing health problems particularly if you are over 65. Being too cold can increase the risk of trips and falls, as well as heart attacks and strokes. Indoor temperatures should be kept to at least 18o C.
Benefits which qualify for the central heating scheme include:
• Guaranteed Pension Credit
• Universal Credit
• Child Tax Credit
• Working Tax Credit
• Income based Job Seekers Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Income Support

To find out more about this great offer, contact Wealden District Council on 01323 443322 or email privatehousing@wealden.gov.uk to arrange an installation survey.