Making warm homes a priority

FILT is thrilled to confirm that our partnership with npower delivering the npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund has been renewed for another year. During 2018 £220,000 in funding will be available for people living with long-term illnesses who are finding it hard to pay for heating and insulation measures in their homes.

HIA caseworkers across England can access grants of up to £750 to help contribute towards heating measures for home-owners on low income who suffer from cold-related health issues.

For guidance on accessing the grants and eligibility criteria, head over to the npower page on our website.

Renewed partnership with Gas Safe Charity continues to offer crucial support to HIA customers

Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) is pleased to announce that it has renewed its partnership with Gas Safe Charity, now in its fifth year. Following an initial allocation of £275,000, an additional £50,000 has been made available from Gas Safe Charity to be used towards minor gas safety works in the homes of older and vulnerable people.

The monies have been partly distributed to Bryson Energy, Northern Ireland National Energy Agency, as well as to eight London services that keep older people warm and well in their home. Remaining funds have been placed in the Gas Safe Charity central pot that is still available for applications from HIAs in England, especially those based in London boroughs.

The funds (averaging at £200, but can be up to £500) will cover essential works that aim to prevent injuries or illness caused by dangerous gas work and appliances. This type of intervention provides a wide social benefit at a time when effective options for this kind of emergency are scarce. The immediate problems are addressed quickly and at low cost. These preventative services reduce the negative impact on a person’s health, potentially avoiding otherwise costly interventions such as hospital admissions or the need for other emergency services.

To find out more about the Gas Safe Charity programme and eligibility criteria, please visit