Funding gets a warm welcome

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People who are struggling to heat their homes may be able to get help thanks to a joint venture, which has been awarded funding from the government.

Northants Warm Homes, a collaboration between all the district and borough councils in Northamptonshire, has been given £500,000 by central government to help tackle fuel poverty across the county.

Homeowners and private rental households who are in receipt of qualifying benefits or struggling to pay their fuel bills may be eligible for assistance to improve the insulation levels of their homes and upgrade their heating systems.

Pippa Reeve, project officer at Northants Warm Homes, said: “Many people worry about their rising fuel bills, particularly during the winter months, and so they ration their heating with detrimental effects on their physical and mental health.

“Rises in household energy prices can have a serious impact for people on a low income, especially if they are less able to regulate their body temperature, such as older people and young children.

“This new funding allows us to help more of those people in Northamptonshire suffering from fuel poverty and I would encourage them to get in touch and see what we may be able to offer.”

For further details about the help on offer contact your local district or borough council, or alternatively visit www.northantswarmhomes.com.