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Allerdale residents to benefit from fuel poverty initiative

Thursday 3rd September 2015

Allerdale Borough Council led a bid to secure a share of a £25 million grant to help tackle fuel poverty in residents’ homes across Allerdale BC, Carlisle City Council, Eden DC and South Lakeland DC.

£1.14 million from the Government’s Central Heating Fund will be split between the four Districts to deliver up to 250 new heating systems. The four Districts are working in partnership with npower, Northern Gas Networks and National Grid Gas and will begin to install heating systems to local fuel poor households in the Autumn.

The Government will continue to work closely with local authorities to implement their winning proposals, to make sure that the results inform future work to help hardworking bill payers living in fuel poverty.

Carni McCarron Holmes, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing, said: “This amazing accomplishment has been down to a hard working team of dedicated council officers from Allerdale, Carlisle, Eden and South Lakeland. The funding will allow the four local authorities to deliver a grant scheme to install central heating systems helping reduce fuel poverty. I believe that this scheme will make a huge difference to our residents and Allerdale’s leading role in the bid shows that we are committed to tackling fuel poverty – it is a key part of our Council Plan.”

The scheme is due to be launched by the end of September once Allerdale Borough Council have signed an agreement with the Department of Energy and Climate Change in order to deliver central heating grants with Carlisle City Council, Eden District Council, South Lakeland District Council and npower.

Lord Bourne, Energy Minister, said: “We are determined to help hardworking families keep their homes warmer for less and we recognise that households not connected to the gas grid can pay over the odds for their heating.

“So we are taking action by backing these innovative projects that will help the people who need it most by focusing on central heating for the first time – cutting bills and keeping homes warmer. Projects like this show how much the Government and local councils can achieve working together to secure a better future for local communities.”

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Notes

1.    For more information contact 01900 702526, corp.comms@allerdale.gov.uk

 

 

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