Low-income Southend households without central heating could be given help to keep warm this winter.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is part of a consortium of nine local authorities, led by Portsmouth City Council, which will be delivering new gas heating systems to low-income households with inefficient electric heating systems. Those receiving their first central heating system will also receive a free connection to the gas grid, where this is required. The total value of a gas connection and central heating system typically equates to £6,000.
The consortium and its partner AgilityEco, have been successful in attracting £7.4m in funding from various grants to pay for the project. It’s hoped the scheme will deliver 1,500 free central heating installations over three years, with around 300 households in Southend thought to be eligible. The scheme will provide energy security to many low-income families across the Borough.
Sir David Amess MP said he was delighted that this scheme has received funding and congratulated the Council on their successful bid. He urged those of his constituents whom are eligible to submit their applications as soon as possible.
This scheme is operating on a first-come, first-served basis and for a limited time only, so qualifying local residents are urged to get their application in early. A wide range of people would qualify, including those who have long term health issues or are on benefits or on low incomes.