HEAT scheme lends a helping hand to keep you warm at home

January 26, 2015

AS the cold weather continues to bite, a Tamworth Borough Council-run scheme is urging people to get in touch if they need help or advice about staying warm in their homes.

Help is at hand for Tamworth residents to keep warm and healthy this winter from the authority’s Home Energy Advice Tamworth (HEAT) scheme.

HEAT advisers can help those whose health is at risk from the cold by finding grant funding towards a range of measures including heating repairs, installation of new heating systems and home insulation. The scheme can also offer free home checks, energy pricing checks and general wellbeing advice.

HEAT, in conjunction with partner agencies, sources reliable contractors and can often fund most or all of the cost of the repairs. HEAT also has access to emergency heaters to lend to households where the heating has broken down.

Residents in Tamworth are being encouraged to call the free HEAT number on 0800 043 2815 to see if they could benefit.

One grant scheme which can help pensioners and people of low incomes is the Warm Homes Discount, which gives £140 towards energy bills. But hurry – the deadline for applications is January 30 deadline.

The Warm Homes Discount is available to pensioners who receive the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit, or those aged over 75 who receive either element of Pension Credit. Residents in certain low income groups may also be eligible for the Warm Homes Discount if they meet various criteria laid down by their individual energy provider.

To find out if you qualify, please call the HEAT freephone number on 0800 043 2815 or text 07922 651982 and we will call you back. The line is open from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

People born before January 5 1952 may also be eligible to receive the Winter Fuel Payment of between £100 and £300 tax free. Anyone not automatically receiving the payment is asked to call the HEAT number.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Public Health, said: “We know that for older people, those who are ill or vulnerable people, keeping warm in the winter is vital.

“The HEAT scheme is here to offer free and confidential advice to people on staying warm, as well as giving them practical help in the form of putting them in touch with grant funding or finding a reliable tradesperson.

“I would advise everyone who feels they could benefit from some help to ring HEAT and see what the scheme can do to help keep them warm and healthy.”