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Wigan gets warm for winter
Wednesday 7th August, 2013

Despite being in the middle of one of the hottest summers to date, residents of Wigan Borough are reminded to prepare for winter by taking advantage of a free energy saving scheme.

The ‘Get Me Toasty’ scheme opened in May and is back due to popular demand. In the first round, Wigan Borough received the most applications for the scheme across the Greater Manchester region. The scheme, which is run by Wigan Council in partnership with the Greater Manchester Energy Advice Service, helps to cut energy bills and keep homes across the region warm.

The figures show hundreds of residents applied for the scheme in the past three months, including 269 in July – nearly double the number of Manchester, who was next in the league for that month.

Cllr Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council Cabinet member for Environment said: “I am delighted the local community is taking advantage of this scheme and making sure they are ready for winter. It is important residents of the borough can keep their homes warm at an affordable price, especially when you consider how bitterly cold it was last winter.”

Those who are eligible must live in a particular postcode area to get free cavity wall and loft insulation or be in receipt of qualifying benefits to get a free boiler replacement.

To find out if you qualify for the scheme, call the Greater Manchester Energy Advice Service on 0800 009 3363 or visit www.getmetoasty.com.

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