Posted by: westlancashirerecord | November 11, 2016

Don’t Be Cold, Be Winter Warm

Home owners can apply now for free gas heating appliance servicing, repair or replacement. Owner occupiers in West Lancashire are being offered another opportunity to have their gas heating appliances repaired free of charge to help keep them warm and save money on their gas bills this winter.

West Lancashire Borough Council has received funding from Lancashire County Council’s Public Health Team to offer the West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme for a fourth year. Under the scheme, gas heating appliances including gas fires and boilers valliant can be repaired and or replaced, subject to certain conditions.

The scheme is available to qualifying owner occupiers who are in receipt of certain benefits, who suffer with certain health conditions and do not have a plan in place that covers boiler repairs. Councillor Kevin Wright kevwright, portfolio holder for Health and Community Safety, said “This scheme really could help people feel warmer in their homes and I would urge owner occupiers to check if they are eligible to apply”.

Tenants cannot apply to the scheme as it is the landlords’ responsibility to maintain or replace any heating appliances including gas boilers. The scheme will run until 31 March 2017 but funding is limited so residents are encouraged to apply early.

The scheme is only available to owner occupiers living in West Lancashire who do not have a plan covering the repair of their gas heating appliances (for example British Gas boiler cover) and who meet the eligibility criteria below.

Eligibility criteria: You are aged over 65 and in receipt of a qualifying benefit; You are pregnant or have dependent children aged 5 or under and in receipt of a qualifying benefit; You are a single person/couple aged under 65 without dependent children and in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

To find out if you are eligible to apply to the West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme, please contact the Private Sector Housing Team on 01695 585279 quoting the West Lancs Winter Warm Scheme.

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