Deadline looms to apply for a free boiler

Published: Tuesday 8th August 17

There are only three weeks left for local home owners who are on benefits to apply for a London-wide scheme that could see their home energy bills slashed.

Residents who have inefficient or broken boilers have until 31 August to apply for the Mayor of London’s £1m Better Boilers scheme. If successful, the boiler could be replaced or repaired for free. 

This pilot scheme will help up to 500 fuel-poor home-owners in London to keep warm this winter by replacing or replacing inefficient or broken boilers with A-rated ultra-low emission appliances, and will reduce annual energy bills by an average of around £150 per household. It also aims to reduce cold-related and winter deaths, improve air quality, save carbon emissions and reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Be a homeowner in London (for owner-occupiers not rentals)
  • Be in receipt of qualifying benefits (these will be checked by the GLA)
  • Have an inefficient or broken boiler.

Wandsworth Council health and adult social care spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis urged residents to take advantage of the scheme.

“Our public health and adult social care teams work closely with older and vulnerable people in Wandsworth to make sure they keep warm and safe through the winter months, but we know some people can’t afford to crank up the heating during a cold snap.

“Having a well-functioning, efficient boiler means they will be able to keep their homes warm and reduce their fuel bills.”

Find out about the support available from the council’s adult social care team on www.wandsworth.gov.uk/acis

For more information and to apply, go to: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-land/improving-quality/better-boilers

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