Grant to end fuel poverty

PEOPLE struggling to pay energy bills are being urged to reach out for support to help them get subsidised loft and cavity wall insulation.

Swindon Council has a tranche of funding for residents who are over 70 or are on income or disability benefit to subsidise improvements to their home they may not otherwise be able to afford.

The authority is attempting to reduce the numbers of those in ‘fuel poverty’ across the town. At least 10 per cent of households – a total of 8,586 – are said to be spending more than 10 per cent of their income on fuel to achieve adequate levels of warmth.

But David Miles, affordable warmth coordinator of the Safe and Warm scheme, said: “This figure won’t take account of the effect of price rises and reducing incomes over the last two years, so the actual figure would likely be higher than this.”

Since the scheme started two-and-a-half years ago, the authority has received interest from 16,000 households and believes insulation measures have saved homeowners an estimated total of £171,765 a year on their energy bills.

David said his team has also identified more than £2m in unclaimed benefits for people who may not know what they are entitled to. With the scheme potentially drawing to a close this year, he urged people who are eligible to register their interest before March 31.

He said: “In terms of levels of fuel poverty, at 10 per cent, we were one of the best in the South West but despite the work we were doing it was going up. This was a trend happening across the country.

“It has been very difficult over the past 12 months and in 2012 we could not give it away. The fact is we have this funding for these groups we feel are deserving of help and they cannot get it elsewhere.”

Those who are receiving income or disability benefit, are disabled or over 80 can get fully subsidised insulation, while people over 70, in a council tax band A or B property or with a child under four in a band A, B or C home, can get cavity and loft installations for just £50.

David estimates savings that can be made from these measures include up to £180 a year with loft insulation and up to £140 a year for cavity wall insulation.

He said: “Typical prices without any subsidy – for a three-bed semi-detached house – are £812 for cavity wall insulation and £427 for loft insulation.”

To arrange a free no-obligation survey, contact David on 01793 463679 or email dmiles3@swindon.gov.uk.

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6:45am Mon 27 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

if done properly this can make a real difference to your fuel bills. I cant believe how much warmer my house is after having it done with hardly any heating on at all. Lets hope it goes to the right people.
if done properly this can make a real difference to your fuel bills. I cant believe how much warmer my house is after having it done with hardly any heating on at all. Lets hope it goes to the right people. house on the hill

9:50am Mon 27 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

£2million of our money just sitting there waiting to be spent on keeping unemployed people's heating bills down.

And yet there are still people apparently having heart attacks about the £400k wasted on wi-fi?
£2million of our money just sitting there waiting to be spent on keeping unemployed people's heating bills down. And yet there are still people apparently having heart attacks about the £400k wasted on wi-fi? ChannelX

9:54am Mon 27 Jan 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

ChannelX wrote:
£2million of our money just sitting there waiting to be spent on keeping unemployed people's heating bills down.

And yet there are still people apparently having heart attacks about the £400k wasted on wi-fi?
Give it a rest.

And seeing as tax payers we almost certainly pay at least some of the heating bills of the low paid/unemployed, I'd have thought some cash to bring those bills down a bit would be a sensible move.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: £2million of our money just sitting there waiting to be spent on keeping unemployed people's heating bills down. And yet there are still people apparently having heart attacks about the £400k wasted on wi-fi?[/p][/quote]Give it a rest. And seeing as tax payers we almost certainly pay at least some of the heating bills of the low paid/unemployed, I'd have thought some cash to bring those bills down a bit would be a sensible move. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

12:32pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Phantom Poster says...

If you criticise ChanelX then he will just claim that his account has been "cloned" - a strange unexplained phenomenon which seems to only happens to him and no-one else who uses the Nwsquest forum software throughout the UK.
If you criticise ChanelX then he will just claim that his account has been "cloned" - a strange unexplained phenomenon which seems to only happens to him and no-one else who uses the Nwsquest forum software throughout the UK. Phantom Poster

1:01pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Davey Gravey says...

Phantom Poster wrote:
If you criticise ChanelX then he will just claim that his account has been "cloned" - a strange unexplained phenomenon which seems to only happens to him and no-one else who uses the Nwsquest forum software throughout the UK.
And when caught out being a naughty boy will turn it against the person who spots his behaviour, accusing them of his own actions. He will follow them after they make posts goading and lying about them and will manipulate the thumbs so they get many thumbs down and he gets many thumbs up.
[quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: If you criticise ChanelX then he will just claim that his account has been "cloned" - a strange unexplained phenomenon which seems to only happens to him and no-one else who uses the Nwsquest forum software throughout the UK.[/p][/quote]And when caught out being a naughty boy will turn it against the person who spots his behaviour, accusing them of his own actions. He will follow them after they make posts goading and lying about them and will manipulate the thumbs so they get many thumbs down and he gets many thumbs up. Davey Gravey

1:27pm Mon 27 Jan 14

benzss says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Phantom Poster wrote:
If you criticise ChanelX then he will just claim that his account has been "cloned" - a strange unexplained phenomenon which seems to only happens to him and no-one else who uses the Nwsquest forum software throughout the UK.
And when caught out being a naughty boy will turn it against the person who spots his behaviour, accusing them of his own actions. He will follow them after they make posts goading and lying about them and will manipulate the thumbs so they get many thumbs down and he gets many thumbs up.
But he never, ever starts it.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phantom Poster[/bold] wrote: If you criticise ChanelX then he will just claim that his account has been "cloned" - a strange unexplained phenomenon which seems to only happens to him and no-one else who uses the Nwsquest forum software throughout the UK.[/p][/quote]And when caught out being a naughty boy will turn it against the person who spots his behaviour, accusing them of his own actions. He will follow them after they make posts goading and lying about them and will manipulate the thumbs so they get many thumbs down and he gets many thumbs up.[/p][/quote]But he never, ever starts it. benzss

10:45pm Mon 27 Jan 14

1 2 Could B says...

"Not much"
"Not much" 1 2 Could B

3:28pm Thu 30 Jan 14

jj_homesun says...

Hello all,

In reference to the above article. I work for a company called HomeSun who are able to offer Free Cavity Wall Insulation for flats in 3 story properties and above. This is regardless of whether the occupants are on benefits or age. The funding will finish 31st March as announced by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement and in April HomeSun will be able to offer Free Loft and Cavity for 2 story properties. Have a look at our UK wide Cavity Campaign at homesun.com.
Hello all, In reference to the above article. I work for a company called HomeSun who are able to offer Free Cavity Wall Insulation for flats in 3 story properties and above. This is regardless of whether the occupants are on benefits or age. The funding will finish 31st March as announced by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement and in April HomeSun will be able to offer Free Loft and Cavity for 2 story properties. Have a look at our UK wide Cavity Campaign at homesun.com. jj_homesun

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