The scourge of fuel poverty is being tackled by a new initiative in Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough Affordable Warmth Partnership (including Middlesbrough Council) has joined forces with North East home energy installation company 0800 Repair to deliver energy efficiency measures to homes across the borough.
The Middlesbrough Energy Savers project is working hard to help as many households as possible benefit from help towards the cost of a gas boiler replacement, loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and insulation for attics and rooms in the roof.
The latest Government fuel poverty figures put Middlesbrough at the top of the list of most fuel poor areas in England with 17% of its households judged to be in fuel poverty, equivalent to almost 10,000 homes.
To help tackle this problem Middlesbrough Council have utilised the Government’s Eco Flex grant funding which allows local authorities to target their most fuel poor residents.
As a result more households than ever before now have access to help to make their homes more energy efficient.
One Middlesbrough resident has already benefited from the project by getting help towards having a new boiler installed.
John Manders contacted the project after reading about the scheme on the Council website.
His boiler was old, inefficient and unreliable, but because he lived in a qualifying area he was able to access funding towards replacing his boiler with a brand new one.
Councillor Julia Rostron, Chair of Middlesbrough Environment City, said she was pleased to see the Council making funding more accessible to fuel poor residents.
She said: “Tackling fuel poverty is a top priority for Middlesbrough Council as it has such a big impact on the health and wellbeing of our residents.
“This initiative will help more households than ever gain access to funding to make their homes warmer and safer this winter.”
Graeme Stephenson, Partnership Development Manager at 0800 Repair, said: “We are delighted to support the Middlesbrough Affordable Warmth Partnership, which shares our commitment to combating fuel poverty in the most vulnerable households.
“This collaboration will draw on our expertise and experience in delivering energy efficient measures domestically, which will hopefully make a difference in Middlesbrough.”
- Many Middlesbrough residents will be eligible by living in a targeted ward, while others will qualify if they have certain long-term illnesses.
For more information to and to check eligibility, visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/me