Brent, Ealing, Harrow win central heating cash

Brent, Ealing, and Harrow Councils have been successful in a joint bid for funding for heating  improvements to the boroughs’ homes.

The £25m national Central Heating Fund competition programme aims to help over 7,000 households across England tackle fuel poverty and keep bills low.

The successful joint bid submitted by Brent, Ealing and Hounslow, means the area will receive a total of £362,625 of funding. The money will be used to install gas central heating in homes that do not currently have it. The programme will be for fuel poor households and also households where people have health conditions made worse by the lack of affordable heating.

Energy Minister Lord Bourne said: “We are determined to help hardworking families keep their homes warmer for less and we recognise that households not connected to the gas grid can pay over the odds for their heating”.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change received more than 80 proposals from more than 100 Local Authorities.

Councillor Margaret McLennan, Lead Member for Housing and Development at Brent Council said: “I am very pleased that we have won this funding. The money will help us to improve the living conditions of those residents who currently struggle to heat their homes. It will especially help those who have health conditions made worse by cold and damp homes. No one should suffer because of fuel poverty in this day and age.”

From Autumn Brent, Ealing and Harrow Council will begin to install central heating systems in local fuel poor households. The Government will continue to work closely with local authorities to implement their winning proposals, to make sure that the results inform future work to help hardworking bill payers living in fuel poverty.

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