Northumberland homes get help with heating
09 May 2017 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
Hundreds of householders across Northumberland have had a free central heating system installed in their homes thanks to a government scheme to tackle fuel poverty.
The £6.5m scheme, which has now come to a close, aimed to reduce fuel poverty and improve the energy efficiency rating of homes by bringing free central heating systems to those who needed it most.
Over the past year, 1472 properties across the north east have had heating installed but it is Northumberland residents that has benefited the most from the fund receiving 458 installations - the highest allocation in the region.
The Central Heating Fund has been delivered across the region by the Warm Up North partnership which comprises nine local authorities, including Northumberland County Council.
To qualify the householders had to meet a number of eligibility criteria including a joint household income of less than £26,000, (including benefits) and that there was no existing central heating in the property.
Of those properties in the county that had a new central heating system installed , 81 per cent were in rural areas and many did not have access to a gas mains.
Steven Mason, Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council said:
“ It is great to see that the scheme has had such a fantastic take up in the county. Fuel poverty is a serious problem, particularly in rural areas like Northumberland but by offering this support we have been able to improve the energy efficiency of hundreds of Northumberland homes and improve the quality of life for all those who live in them.”
Mr and Mrs Telfer live in Warton Cottages near Thropton and recently had central heating installed. Eileen Telfer said: “The new heating system has made such a difference to our home and our quality of life in the winter months.
“ We live in an old farm cottage and previously had a coal fire which fed the radiators so they never got piping hot and it was always cold in the mornings. Now we can wake up to a warm house. It’s absolutely wonderful.”