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Free central heating systems up for grabs

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Free central heating systems are up for grabs to help households keep the winter cold at bay.

That's great news for more than 1,000 homes across the Tees Valley thanks to a multi-million pound project.

The Tees Valley Warm Homes Fund - led by Stockton Borough Council - has secured £6.1 million to offer home improvements including an efficient new gas boiler and radiators.

The cash is part of a national fund established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions.

To qualify, residents must meet the following criteria:

  • The property must not currently have central heating installed.
  • The property must be in Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough or Redcar & Cleveland.
  • The applicant must either own the property or have the permission of the owner.

Someone living in the property must either be in receipt of qualifying benefits, have a low household income and high energy bills or have a low household income and be vulnerable to the effects of the cold.

Councillor Dorothy Davison, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Adult Social Care & Public Health, said: "There are few things more important than the ability to keep warm in the depths of winter, but sadly even in 2021 there are still those who slip through the net.

"This brilliant scheme aims to put that right, and will make a real difference for 1,200 individuals and families across the area.

"I would urge those in need to check if they're eligible as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

"Having a warm home makes a massive difference for everyone's health and wellbeing."

  • The scheme is operating on a first-come, first-served basis, and applications will close once all the funds have been allocated.

To find out if you qualify and to arrange a survey call 01642 526100 (lines open Mon-Thurs 8.30am-5pm, Fri 8.30am-4.30pm) or visit the Warm Homes Fund page.