Heating offer set to expire

Berwick Community Trust is urging residents to find out about a free new heating system '“ but they will have to be quick because applications close on October 31.

Wednesday, 19th October 2016, 2:02 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:23 pm
Derek Russell, Berwick Community Trust

More than 700 residents across the North East have already benefitted from the Central Heating Fund which is being delivered across the nine local authorities of Warm Up North thanks to a £6.5m government grant.

To qualify for a free central heating system, the applicant must be a private homeowner or have a private landlord in one of nine local authority areas; Northumberland County Council, Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, South Tyneside Council, Sunderland City Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Gateshead Council and Newcastle City Council.

The applicant must also meet the below criteria:

1. The household has a gross total income of less than £26,000, including any benefits.

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The applicant may still qualify if they receive certain income-related benefits. Visit Warm Up North at www.warmupnorth.com/chf for the full list of these qualifying income-related benefits, or call them on 0800 294 8073*.

AND one of the following

2. i)The property does not have, and never has had, a central heating system. If the property has electric storage heaters, electric room heaters, solid fuel fires and single gas fires it may qualify as they do not count as central heating systems.

ii) The main method of heating the property is the use of solid fuels and it only has a partial, solid fuel-fired, central heating system. By partial, Warm Up North mean that one or more of the habitable rooms are not connected to the home’s main heating system.

iii)The property uses electric storage heaters.


3. Northumberland County Council want to install new central heating systems where they will make the most difference, particularly to the energy efficiency rating of homes. For the property to qualify, the installation of a new central heating system must improve the energy rating. This will be determined by a Warm Up North surveyor at the whole house assessment stage.

Where a gas central heating system may not be suitable for a property, an oil boiler or an air source heat pump will be installed to qualifying properties.

Councillor Allan Hepple, cabinet member for economic growth with Northumberland County Council, said: “It’s great to see that the scheme has already made a huge difference to so many households but we want to make sure the funding helps as many people as possible.

“Funds will not be available for much longer so we are urging residents who think they may be eligible to apply quickly to avoid disappointment.”

Residents who think they may qualify for the scheme can find out more information by visiting www.warmupnorth.com/chf or calling Warm Up North on 0800 294 8073*.

Residents will not be able to apply after Monday 31 October.

If you want to get simple, clear independent advice please get in touch with Derek Russell at Berwick Community Trust on 01289 303366.