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£1 million funding to freeze out fuel poverty
Wednesday 13th February, 2013

Residents in Wigan can stay warm and well in their homes thanks to £1 million government funding intending to freeze out fuel poverty for the most vulnerable people.

Councils across England were invited to bid for money from the “Tackling Fuel Poverty” pot and despite receiving an overwhelming response, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) awarded Wigan Council one of the highest allocations in the country.

This funding will be used to replace old, inefficient ‘G’ rated gas boilers with new super efficient ‘A’ rated models, and to also install gas central heating systems in homes currently without central heating in a bid to keep energy bills down and ensure homes are warm during the colder seasons.

The scheme is targeted at owner-occupiers who:
  • are aged 60 or over; OR

  • have a long-term health condition; OR

  • have a child aged under 5; OR

  • are in receipt of one of the following means-tested benefits:
    - Pension Credit (Guaranteed Credit or Savings Credit)
    - Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    - Income-related Employment Support Allowance (ESAIR) that includes a work related activity or support component
    - Child Tax Credit with an income of £15,860 or less
    - Working Tax Credit with an income of £15,860 or less.

Edward Davey, Energy Secretary said:

“We work with communities and councils across the country and strive to find new ways to help people pay their energy bills. The projects we are funding will help people save energy and money, and will make sure the most vulnerable stay healthy and warm in their homes.”

Councillor Chris Ready, Cabinet Member for Housing, added:

“We welcome this funding which will help us to upgrade inefficient heating kit in homes across the borough. I encourage all home owners who are eligible to apply quickly, as the work must be completed by 31 March 2013.”

Eligible residents should contact Wigan Borough Care & Repair on 01942 239360 to enquire. Lines are likely to be busy, so please be patient. Alternatively, you can e-mail them on mail@careandrepair-wigan.org.uk

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