Lincolnshire Councils join together for warmer homes

Lincolnshire Councils join together for warmer homes

Lincs 4 Warmer Homes (L4WH) is a new partnership between local authorities across Greater Lincolnshire, offering energy efficiency improvements and advice.

L4WH will replace the former South Humber Energy Efficiency Partnership by North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) and North Lincolnshire Council (NLC), with the addition of Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) and the seven district councils.

The new partnership secures funding available to eligible residents and works alongside contractors to deliver energy efficiency improvements to assist those living in fuel poverty, in saving money and reducing energy usage.

In the first of a number of funding streams available to residents, households can get their heating facilities changed through National Grid’s £150m Warm Homes Fund, a programme administered by Community Interest Company, Affordable Warmth Solutions and only available through local authorities and registered social landlords.

Residents in receipt of certain income related benefits and that rely on storage heaters, fixed and/or portable room heaters and solid fuel fires could upgrade to A-rated gas central heating or, where mains gas is not an option, LPG will be offered – subject to survey to determine eligibility and acceptance by the installer. Funding is limited and will be released on a first come first served basis.

In some instances, a connection to the mains gas network will be required to help residents access gas for the first time, with additional funding available to cover connection costs.

Councillor John Fenty, Portfolio holder for Regeneration, Skills and Housing at North East Lincolnshire Council said: “We’re delighted to be working with our neighbours to help people stay warm and save money.

“A warm home is something no-one should be without, but rising energy costs and lack of energy efficiency measures mean some people struggle to heat their homes.

I urge the people of North East Lincolnshire to contact the Lincs 4 Warmer Homes scheme and discuss what funding they could be eligible for.”

Marcus Asquith, Partnership Director at ENGIE, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting our partner and the neighbouring authorities with this partnership.

“Households that do not have a central heating system installed may be eligible for funding from the Warm Homes Fund to install one for the first time whether you have access to mains gas or not.”

Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director of Affordable Warmth Solutions, said: “We’re delighted to be providing funding to through the Warm Homes Fund programme and to be working with the partnership to provide solutions to the challenges associated with homes living in fuel poverty.”

Cllr Martin Griggs, Portfolio holder for Housing and Communities at Boston Borough Council, said: “With the colder months just around the corner, we are proud to be part of a scheme that will help residents across Lincolnshire stay warm. This initiative is a perfect example of public and private sector agencies coming together to make a real difference to people’s lives.

“We have already heard stories of how the Warm Homes Fund has helped people and hope that there will be similar successes in our districts. I encourage everyone to find out more about the scheme and check to see if they are eligible.”

Michelle Howard, Assistant Director, Housing and Wellbeing for Boston Borough Council and East Lindsey District Council, said: “We are delighted to be working as a new partnership to deliver funding to residents to deliver energy efficient improvements to homes in our districts. In areas where this funding is already operating, residents have been very positive about the support they have received. It will make a huge difference in helping people on low incomes to heat their homes effectively.”

L4WH is administered by North East Lincolnshire Council’s regeneration partner, ENGIE, for all ten local authorities. North Lincolnshire Council is responsible for delivering the Warm Homes Fund.

If you believe you could benefit from a central heating system and may meet the eligibility criteria contact the L4WH Team.

To contact Lincs 4 Warmer Homes visit www.l4wh.co.uk, call (01472) 326434 or email l4wh@nelincs.gov.uk.

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