Barnsley Council has expanded the Warm Homes Fund’s eligibility criteria to benefit more local homeowners and tenants. Residents now need to have a household income of £30,000 or less to qualify for the scheme – an increase from the previous criteria of £21,000.
The increase means that more homeowners and tenants can apply for a grant towards a new gas central heating system. The heating systems are offered free of charge to homeowners and for just £750 to landlords with eligible tenants. To qualify, residents need to currently heat their home with coal, electric or standalone gas fires.
A resident who recently benefited from the scheme, said: “My new central heating has brought lots of bonuses in one. My home used to be freezing and expensive, and we used to spend half an hour making the fire every morning. The new heating system just ticks in and out during the day. I’m calmer now, and I don’t have to find £90 every fortnight to keep us warm.”
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “We’re now in the colder months of winter, and people are spending more time at home due to the national restrictions. We’ve extended the household income criteria to encourage more homeowners and tenants to apply for a grant towards a new gas central heating system. We want all residents in Barnsley to have a home that is warm and safe to live in, and this is a further step towards achieving that goal.”
To apply or find out more, call (01226) 787915 or visit barnsley.gov.uk/warm-homes.