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Warm homes grant

Bracknell Forest and their partners, West Berkshire Council, Runnymede Borough Council, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Spelthorne Borough Council have identified possible fuel poor homes. These authorities have secured £1.2 million funding from National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund to help those with inefficient, older electric heating systems or no central heating system to install mains gas to the property and a gas central heating system.

Around 4 million households in the UK are in fuel poverty, unable to heat their homes to the temperature needed to stay warm and healthy. As well as being on low incomes many of these households are also faced with the extra burden of relying on heating systems that are expensive to run and/or inadequate for their needs. Owing to their circumstances or property type they may not currently be able to benefit from existing schemes.

In 2014 the UK Government introduced a statutory target to make sure that fuel poor homes in England achieve a minimum energy efficiency rating of Band C by 31 December 2030.

The Warm Homes Fund is a £150 million fund established by National Grid and administered by Community Interest Company, Affordable Warmth Solutions across England, Scotland and Wales. It is designed to address some of these issues by incentivising the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel.

Bracknell Forest have been successful in obtaining funding in two categories that includes rural and urban areas. We will also encourage extra levels of insulation where possible, overall reducing bills and providing increased comfort to those in most need. We will be in contact with privately owned or privately rented properties, which we have identified as qualifying for the scheme but there may be others affected so please do contact us for further information.

For more information visit the Heat the Home Counties website or telephone them on 01344 888930

You can also call our Sustainable Energy Officer on 01344 352536

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