Rural homes may be eligible for free central heating system

Northumberland County Council is urging rural residents to see if they are eligible for a free central heating system, subject to eligibility and survey.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 16 February, 2016, 11:05

The council, part of Warm Up North, a partnership with eight other North East local authorities and British Gas, has been awarded funding to install free central heating systems into qualifying properties.

To qualify, the applicant must be a private homeowner or have a private landlord in one of the nine North East local authority areas.

They must also meet the below criteria:

1. The household has a gross total income of less than £26,000, including any benefits. Applicants may still qualify if they receive certain income-related benefits.

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.

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iii) The property uses electric storage heaters. And:

3. The 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.

If the survey reveals a gas central heating system is not suitable for the property, an oil boiler or an air source heat pump will be installed into qualifying properties.

Councillor Allan Hepple said: “We’re delighted the scheme has already gained interest from a number of residents in Northumberland. The Warm Up North scheme will make a huge difference to the quality of life of the people it helps”

Visit or call Warm Up North on 0800 294 8073.

Twenty projects nationwide were awarded funding totalling £25 million, as part of the Central Heating Fund scheme which will improve the energy efficiency of more than 7,000 households across England.