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FREE CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEMS TO HELP VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS

Bury residents who don’t have a central heating system in their home are being offered an opportunity to get one for free in good time for winter. The limited offer is part of Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund which will install fully funded ‘first-time’ central heating systems to 500 homes across Greater Manchester on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. It aims to provide a helping hand to vulnerable households that do not currently have a central heating system and who, during the colder months, are struggling to stay warm. It is open to owner occupiers and to private tenants (with their landlord’s permission) who meet certain eligibility criteria based on income, health or other personal circumstances. The scheme is set to run throughout 2018-19 but will close to new applications once all the funds have been allocated, so qualifying households are encouraged to apply without delay. The £1.8 million funding for the scheme has been secured by GMCA and the local authorities from the nationwide Warm Homes Fund established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. The first step in the process for Bury households is to get in touch with LEAP on 0800 060 7567 to check their eligibility. For more information see www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/warmhomesfund.  Councillor Eamonn O’Brien, cabinet member for finance and housing, said: “It is estimated that 11.6% of households in Bury are classed as in fuel poverty and are unable to adequately heat their homes, and it is appalling that this figure has been steadily rising year on year. It is also estimated that more than 6,000 homes in Bury do not have central heating. Therefore I would urge these residents who may be relying on expensive storage and room heaters to check your eligibility and apply.”

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