Helping to get homes warm for winter

Residents are being encouraged to get cosy this winter.

Saturday, 15th October 2016, 7:50 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5:26 pm
Mr and Mrs Octon outside their home. Picture by Simon Williams.

Northumberland County Council, as part of the Warm Up North partnership, was awarded £6.5million from the Government in September 2015 to install central heating systems into homes for free.

Around 700 homes without central heating systems have benefited from the scheme, including Frances and Maurice Octon who had been previously using a coal fire and electric night storage heaters.

Mrs Octon said: “The new heating system is absolutely marvellous and we’re delighted with the difference it has made to our home.”

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The fund is the latest energy-saving initiative to be rolled out by the Council as part of the Warm Up North scheme, which includes eight other local authorities in the North East and British Gas.

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member for economic growth with Northumberland County Council, said: “I’m delighted that families like Mr and Mrs Octon have managed to reap the benefits of the Central Heating Fund.

“We want to make sure that the grant money will make a positive difference in the homes that need it most and I’m delighted to see that the scheme is already helping local families.

“Fuel poverty is a serious problem, particularly in rural areas like Northumberland but by offering this support to residents we are able to improve the energy efficiency of Northumberland homes as well as our residents’ general health and wellbeing.”