Published: Tuesday, 12th June 2018
Broadland District Council has been successful in bidding for more than £3m of funding, which will be used over the next two years to help fuel-poor households across Norfolk.
The £3.1m investment will come from National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund and will be delivered with all Norfolk councils.
Norfolk’s Warm Homes Fund Partnership, led by Broadland District Council and including 12 supporting organisations, will help residents who are in poor health, at risk of ill health, have underlying health issues, or are caring for a vulnerable person or worried about their home being cold or damp.
The funding will provide first-time central heating systems to increase comfort in fuel-poor households that do not have any central heating. This project aims to help more than 1,000 people – including homeowners, landlords, private tenants and social housing tenants – with energy advice and support, and first time central heating, such as renewable heating, mains gas, oil, or LPG.
Social housing partners including Clarion Housing Association are investing around £400,000 to improve heating for their tenants with renewable and gas central heating.
Cllr John Fisher, portfolio holder for environmental excellence at Broadland District Council, said:
“I am absolutely delighted that we've successfully secured more than £3m to help households out of fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is a significant issue for many people in Norfolk and our new Norfolk’s Warm Homes Fund Partnership will make a real difference to the lives of Norfolk residents currently living in cold and damp homes, by keeping them warm and well.”
Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director of Affordable Warmth Solutions, which administers the fund on behalf of National Grid, said:
“We are excited about the potential of this investment from National Grid and we are pleased to support Broadland District Council’s ambitious programme, involving other Norfolk councils, which will have a really positive impact for the people of Norfolk.”
The £150m Warm Homes Fund was set up using part of the proceeds from the sale of National Grid’s majority stake in its gas distribution business and provides capital funding for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households.