Help available for people in fuel poverty with poor energy efficient homes


Retrofit upgrades will be completed at over 300 properties in the county

People struggling with fuel poverty in poor energy efficient homes could soon benefit from a new £6.4 million programme to improve the energy efficiency of their properties.

A County Council programme was approved yesterday, which aims to carry out home retrofit upgrades to over 300 properties in the county over the next two years.  The funding comes from phase two of the government’s Home Upgrade Grant scheme.

People who qualify for the programme will own their home or privately rent.   If the property has a heating system it mustn’t use mains gas.   The combined household income needs to be less than £31,000 annually.   Homes should also have an energy performance certificate rating of D or below.

Councillor Mark Lygo, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Equalities, said: “Those who live in poor quality housing are more likely to suffer from long-term health conditions such as respiratory illnesses and struggle with fuel poverty. We know that the risk of fuel poverty is, unfortunately, increasing as the cost of living crisis continues.

“Therefore, we hope that the programme will help to expand on and complement the work we are already doing, such as through our Better Housing Better Health service, to make vital home improvements to reduce fuel poverty and improve health conditions.”

More information is available here.

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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