First Contact Plus Newsletter - June 2020
Leicestershire County Council has partnered with E.ON and Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland to launch the Leicestershire Warm Homes Fund.
The launch follows a successful bid by the county council to the Warm Homes Fund, which was established by National Grid and is now administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. The project aligns with the council’s aim to reduce excess winter deaths and ill health caused by cold homes and fuel poverty.
The Leicestershire project will primarily offer the installation of fully funded, first-time central heating for up to 500 eligible private sector homeowners and tenants. For rented properties, a landlord contribution of £750 is required.
In addition, eligible residents may be able to receive free insulation measures for their homes, as well as benefit from free energy efficiency advice and support on how to better manage their income from Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland.
Over the past two years, the Warm Homes Service – which is part of public health at County Hall – has provided more than 3,700 Leicestershire households with free, impartial advice to help them stay warm at home and keep their energy bills down. On average, these households have saved £233 a year, with the highest saving for a single household being £1,341 a year. In addition, over 1,900 referrals have been made to access grants, benefits, energy discounts and related services.
Residents can obtain advice or apply to the Warm Homes Fund via First Contact Plus on 0116 305 4286, or by visiting www.leicestershire.gov.uk/warm-homes-fund