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Free central heating installation scheme launched

[R]esidents in Carlisle are able to take advantage of a new initiative to help those without full central heating to get it installed in their homes.

This local scheme, which is being administered by Carlisle City Council, could pay for the installation of a full central heating system. This would either be a gas system including the connection to the gas main or, if this is not possible, an oil-fuelled system. This full central heating system is free to eligible customers on a first come, first served basis.

To be eligible, residents have to meet certain criteria. They must be either in receipt of certain benefits, or have a total annual household income of less than £15,600 and live in a property built before 1920. The property must not already have a gas main connection or an existing central heating system fuelled by oil or LPG. Electrically heated homes or those with a solid fuel back boiler and a partial central heating system may also qualify, contact us for further details.

Carlisle City Council has joined forces with Allerdale Borough Council, Eden District Council, and South Lakeland District Council to bid for funding from the government’s £25m Central Heating Fund. This successful bid has provided £1.14m, to be split across the four districts helping local people heat their homes. The Councils are working in partnership with npower who will be providing further funding and installing the central heating systems. Northern Gas Networks / National Grid Gas will be funding and installing the gas mains.

As the funding is limited, customers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Cllr Heather Bradley, Portfolio holder for Economy, Enterprise and Housing, said: “If you’re eligible, get your applications in soon. This is a great scheme that helps those most in need.”

Trevor Yeoman from npower said: “We’re delighted to be working with Carlisle City Council and their partners to help low income residents living in hard to heat homes. Installing a new central heating system can make a real difference to people’s lives, helping them to stay warm and reduce their heating bills.”

For full details of the scheme, see if you are eligible, and to request application forms, please call the Housing Services team on 01228 817352 or email [email protected]

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