Residents urged to ‘get cosy’ and stay a step ahead of fuel poverty

Simon Hore, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Councils health and housing committee, and the boroughs mayor, Joyce Holgate.
Simon Hore, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Councils health and housing committee, and the boroughs mayor, Joyce Holgate.
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Ribble Valley residents are invited to “get cosy” this winter thanks to a raft of energy saving measures aimed at helping them stay a step ahead of fuel poverty.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has been given a slice of £2.25m to install central heating systems in “fuel poor” households.

The funds are available from the Cosy Homes in Lancashire partnership, which is offering grants, advice and support on a range of energy-saving measures, including boiler replacements and repairs, loft and wall insulation, and even fleece blankets.

And the funds aren’t exclusively for low-income households, or those in receipt of benefits.

Simon Hore, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s health and housing committee, said: “Ribble Valley has a high level of fuel poverty and off-grid properties, and some residents struggle to keep their homes warm during the winter.

“The council has worked hard to address this problem over the years and we are delighted that this new scheme has something to offer all our residents regardless of their circumstances, but particularly those on low incomes.”

To qualify for a new central heating system, households must be classed as ‘fuel poor’, meaning the cost of heating their homes takes them below the poverty line.

Landlords and organisations working with clients who could benefit are also encouraged to apply.

Home improvement charity Homewise has also received £10,000 from the Government to fund home energy and slip and fall assessments for the over-60s in Ribble Valley.

Homewise will inspect homes to identify slip, trip, or fall hazards and where necessary carry out essential repairs, such as securing loose carpets and trailing wires, or easing stiff doors.

More details are available from Ribble Valley Borough Council on 01200 425111, Cosy Homes in Lancashire on 0336061488 or Homewise on 01254 232249.