Funding available to keep warm and safe at home this winter
Vulnerable Britons who are facing the choice of eating or heating this winter have been offered a lifeline.
A report published in The Guardian highlighted concerns about the lack of Government funding to repair gas boilers in the lead-up to winter.
However, a £275,000 grant scheme for gas boiler repairs is available from Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT).
FILT Chair, Sara McKee, said: “It’s often left to the voluntary sector to step into the breach to help those who need it the most. Over the years, FILT has supported thousands of people living in poor housing with no heating or hot water, with many suffering from depression or chronic illness.
“People don’t have to soldier on, confining themselves to living in one room in an effort to conserve heat. I urge anyone concerned about the safety of their gas boiler and staying warm this winter to contact their local Home Improvement Agency. We have money available from the Gas Safe Charity Hardship Grant Scheme to carry out vital boiler repairs now.”
Funding of up to £500 is available per household via the Gas Safe Charity Hardship Grant Scheme which can be accessed by Home Improvement Agencies on behalf of individuals. People eligible for the scheme include:
- Home owners who are 60 years of age or over and who receive means tested benefit
- Home owners who are 60 years of age or over and who receive state pension only (with no other income)
- Home owners who are 60 years of age or over and who are disabled
- Home owners who are 21 years of age or over and who are disabled
Boiler repair is just one of a number of works that can be funded through the scheme, with a lot of works are for small scale gas safety measures (i.e. servicing) having a big impact on an individual’s safety, warmth and wellbeing. Information and advice about how to apply for funding is available here.
This year FILT has launched a campaign called Begins at Home to highlight the impact small household improvements can have on the health and wellbeing of older, disabled and vulnerable people.