Published: Wednesday, 13th February 2019
More than 1 in 10 households in Norfolk are living in fuel poverty due to a combination of low household income, expensive sources of heating, poorly insulated homes and rising fuel costs.
Norfolk’s Warm Homes Fund Partnership, led by Broadland District Council and including 12 supporting organisations, are working together to tackle cold homes and improve the lives of Norfolk residents, using £3.1 m of funding from National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund.
Broadland District Council successfully bid for this funding last year, on behalf of all Norfolk councils.
Six months into the project, more than 50 new heating system installations are underway in eligible* privately-owned or privately rented homes that had no central heating and more than 225 Norfolk residents have been supported by the Norfolk Warm Homes team. This support includes helping to lower fuel poor households’ outgoings through energy switching, grants and accessing benefits to keep them warm at home.
Social housing provider Clarion has also invested in air-source heat pumps in 25 of their social housing properties so far as part of the project.
Cllr John Fisher, Broadland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Excellence, said:
‘We’re pleased that this funding enables Norfolk councils to invest in affordable heating solutions for fuel-poor households and improve some of the coldest homes in the county. We are supporting #FuelPovertyAwarenessDay on 15 February to highlight the potential health problem and avoidable illnesses linked to living in a cold home and encourage anyone struggling to heat their homes this winter to ask us for help.”
One resident who has benefitted from a grant from the Warm Homes Fund is Mrs Green from Hellesdon, who home was fitted with a gas boiler and central heating for the first time, replacing old and inefficient storage heaters. She said:
“I am sure there are elderly people living alone who may hesitate to apply for this grant, worrying about who they may be dealing with. May they be reassured that they will find kindness from the time of applying to the finished job.”
For more information contact the Warm Homes Team on 01063 430103, email [email protected], or contact your local council to ask about the scheme, which is a partnership between Norfolk Councils.
The project is funded by the National Grid, with funding administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. 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.
*Households eligibility will be assessed on various criteria including low income, receiving benefits and/ or health conditions.