Spelthorne Borough Council has made significant steps to tackle fuel poverty in the area over the course of 2019 and have recently secured access to further funding to combat the issue.
Over the past two years, the Council have installed 493 measures in fuel poor homes through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO): Help to Heat Scheme; the fourth highest install rate in the south east of England. Since the scheme began in 2014, over 2,800 boiler upgrades, loft and wall insulation measures have been installed in fuel poor homes in Spelthorne, the highest install rate in Surrey. In addition, a targeted mail out to residents most affected by fuel poverty resulted in 70 new boilers and heating controls being installed.
While grant funding available through ECO does not always cover the full cost of measures, Spelthorne have been able to support those most in need by using a £30,000 Capital fund and furthermore earlier in the year the Council secured access to £1.2million worth of funding through a joint local authority bid led by Bracknell Forest to the Warm Home Fund.
Cllr Richard Barratt, portfolio holder for the Environment, said: "Spelthorne is among the leaders in the region tackling this dangerous issue but that does not mean we will be resting on our laurels as our ambition is to take every household out of fuel poverty. Having access to further funds will play a part in tackling this issue as we look to ensure everyone has a warm and safe home to live in. If you live in a cold home, with expensive heating and hot water, please do not delay in applying for this scheme."
The funding is available for residents in privately owned or rented properties who have been identified as being off the gas network and qualifying for the first time central heating scheme or never having benefitted from a central heating system for their home. Residents who experience health conditions linked to living in a cold home, who have expensive electric heating, hot water systems, no heating or a home with an EPC rating of E, F, or G may be eligible for funding.
Further details and to apply contact HEAT the Home Counties Energy Advisors by phone on 01344 371431, or visit the website www.heatthehomecounties.org.uk