Fuel poverty funding boost

Northumberland County Council.
Northumberland County Council.

Residents are to benefit after Northumberland County Council was awarded £6.5m to help tackle fuel poverty.

More than 7,000 households across England will benefit from £25m of funding to keep bills low.

The £25m Central Heating Fund competition opened in March to local authorities across England asking for plans to support local people living in homes that are not connected to the gas grid.

Twenty projects across England have been awarded funding; these new and existing projects will deliver services to those who need it the most.

The Northumberland funding will be distributed between the local authorities across the region which form the Warm Up North partnership.

The result is that bill payers living in fuel poor households will have central heating installed for the first time. Central heating can help households save up to £1,000 a year as well as keeping their homes warm more effectively.

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member for economic growth with Northumberland County Council, said: “We’re delighted we’ve been successful in securing over £6.5m of funding which will help around 2,000 fuel poor households across the local authorities across the region which form the Warm up North partnership.

“As a council we are committed to helping those who need it most.”