£6m cash boost set to help Lancashire families heat their homes

The Warm and Well in North Yorkshire initiative has been launched to tackle fuel poverty across all seven districts of the county.

The Warm and Well in North Yorkshire initiative has been launched to tackle fuel poverty across all seven districts of the county.

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Millions of pounds are to be pumped into helping families across the county to heat their homes.

Over the next year, £6m will be available to allow residents to get energy saving technology to keep their homes warm and their bills down.

The news comes after the Lancashire Evening Post revealed thousands of households in Preston alone can’t afford to heat their homes properly, with 7,500 classed as being “fuel poor”.

Cosy Homes in Lancashire (CHIL), which launched yesterday, will provide free or subsidised boilers and insulation measures.

It is part of a partnership between every council in Lancashire and a number of energy industry companies.

It means that, depending on the type of energy efficiency measures families need and their personal circumstances, almost all residents could benefit – some to the tune of thousands of pounds.

Coun Robert Boswell, Preston Council’s cabinet member for community and environment, said: “This scheme will add to the number of initiatives already in place at the council to help families in Preston.

“Families across the county will benefit greatly from this money so I would encourage people to find out what help they can get to make their homes warmer.

“Fuel poverty is a major issue for lots of families, having to choose whether to heat their homes or to eat.

“The Cosy Homes in Lancashire scheme will ease the burden of this situation.”

Funding for the scheme comes through grants from energy giant SSE and other energy companies as part of the government’s energy company obligation.

The legal duty requires them to deliver energy efficiency measures to help cut carbon emissions and help keep homes warm.

Call the Cosy Homes in Lancashire team on 03306 061 488 or email info@chil.uk.com for more details.