New heating for hundreds of homes
Hundreds of homes across the North East will receive new central heating systems, thanks to a scheme headed by Northumberland County Council.
The authority is leading a consortium of six other county and borough councils and two social landlords and has now been granted £1.7million from the Warm Homes Fund with another £700,000 expected to be secured, to fit 367 central heating systems in homes across the region.
The money will be used to install the new systems by the end of November 2018 and also provide energy advice to residents and the wider community.
The council is also intending to lead a further bid for funding for a similar project over three years, which will aim to install thousands of new heating systems in homes.
The authority was chosen to lead the consortium after a previous scheme, the Central Heating Fund, delivered 1,470 first-time central heating systems to fuel-poor homes throughout the North East.
Coun Richard Wearmouth, portfolio holder for economic development, said: “We are very pleased our bid for funding was successful and will we be able to improve the lives of hundreds of people across our region with new central heating systems. We will begin work straight away with our partners to deliver the new systems.”
He added: “Once installed, this new systems will provide huge financial and health benefits to people in the region and save them the anxiety of wondering how they are going to keep warm and pay for it.
“But we also want this to be the start of a bigger scheme and we are determined to secure more funding for a larger project to enable us to help properly heat more homes and improve more lives across Northumberland and the North East.”