Help is available to 3,000+ living in fuel poverty in South Holland

Many living in fuel poverty do not have central heating
Many living in fuel poverty do not have central heating
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Hundreds of people living in fuel poverty in South Holland could be missing out on the opportunity to get a free central heating system fitted.

Government figures show that 3,406 of the estimated 38,138 (8.9 per cent) households in the district cannot afford to heat their home to the right temperature.

And the figure for the county is around 33,200 (10.6 per cent).

The people most affected are likely to be those who have no central heating system installed in their home at all, and many could be eligible to have it fitted for free.

The Lincolnshire Central Heating Fund fits entire central heating systems for free, providing connections to mains gas is possible, to those on a low income.

But funding is for a limited time and applications need to be made by the end of this month.

Mandy Clarkson, of Lincolnshire County Council’s public health department, said: “People living in fuel poverty are unable to heat their home to the right temperature at an affordable cost.

“Living in a cold house can really affect your health and wellbeing, especially if you already have a long-term illness.

“On top of that, relying on portable heaters or solid fuel can be costly and dangerous.

“Funding could be available for both home-owners and those renting a property, if you receive certain income-related benefits.”

To find out if you could be eligible, contact the Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency on 01522 516300 or email info@lincshia.org

They will carry out entitlement checks and arrange a technical home survey if you’re eligible.

The Central Heating Fund is a partnership between councils in Lincolnshire who have been awarded £570,000 from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to install first-time central heating.