The Warm Front Programme combats fuel poverty by installing heating and insulation measures into the homes of vulnerable people. The scheme has now been running for over five years and has so far assisted 3672 households in West Lancashire – a total spend of £853,074.17 in the area.
The Scheme not only helps families heat their homes cheaply and efficiently, it helps reduce wasted heating and contribute to a greater economy. This has had a real affect in improving the standard of living for the people involved, especially the fuel poor and elderly.
Ms Rosie Cooper MP, a great supporter of the scheme said “ Far too many local people are struggling to heat their homes, often at serious risk to their health. The Warm Front Scheme is here precisely to help vulnerable people make their homes warm – it’s a fantastic programme that we should be taking advantage of. I often meet constituents who have no idea they could qualify – it’s a great shame that some people are still missing out.”
The scheme manager, Eaga Partnership, has also reported 46 households in West Lancashire have benefited from a brand new central heating system and a further 153 have received repairs to broken or condemned boilers since June 2000. An additional 761 households will make savings from having had their home insulated.
In terms of vulnerable groups of people who have been helped by Warm Front Grants, Eaga Partnership has reported that 393 households with children under the age of four, 1087 households on Disability Living Allowance and 1733 households over the age of 60 in West Lancashire have benefited from improvements in their homes.
A person applying for a Warm Front Grant can receive anything up to £2,700. To qualify, householders need to own their own home or rent from a private landlord, and they also need to be in receipt of an income or disability related benefit. Local Residents can contact the Warm Front Team on – 0800 316 6014 to apply for a grant.