Energy-savings grants will lower fuel bills for residents in need

Eligible residents can now claim free funding for energy-saving improvements at home from Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

BOILER, ENERGY SAVING, FUEL

Boilers, insulation and heating improvements are just some of the energy-saving changes that can be funded under the new scheme. This is thanks to a partnership between the council and Aran Services Ltd under the Government's Energy Company Obligation scheme.

Cllr David Godfrey, Cabinet Member for Housing, Transport and Special Projects, said staff would be contacting eligible residents to encourage them to apply for funding.

He said: "Some people in our District are in fuel poverty, which means they spend a large part of their income heating their homes, or can't afford to keep their homes warm in the winter.

"We've been able to help some of them through the Warm Homes scheme but this initiative goes further than that as it is not restricted to people who receive certain benefits."

Councils are able to refer people who they think are eligible for funding under the scheme. The government is offering grants to people whose household income is under £30,000 - after the cost of their mortgage or rent is taken off.

Funding will help cover the costs of improvements to keep people warm, save energy and lower bills, and grants of up to 100 per cent are available.

"It really is a great scheme, and there is no catch - the grants do not have to be paid back and there is no restriction on people moving home after the work has taken place.

"I hope people will make use of this and that it will be able to make a difference before the cold weather returns."

For more information on the scheme or to apply for funding, call Aran Services on 0800 587 7795 or email info@aranservices.co.uk