Help to keep warm

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has secured £199,500 to help vulnerable homeowners stay warmer this winter.

A total of £185, 500 has been received from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help tackle fuel poverty. It will be used to replace or upgrade inefficient heating systems. To qualify people must own and occupy their home and be in receipt of one of the following means-tested benefits: Pension Credit; Income Support; Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (that include the support component or work-related activity element), Child Tax Credit (with income of £15,860 or less) Working Tax Credit (income of £15,860 or less) or Council Tax Benefit (excluding single person discount).The scheme only applies to properties in west Norfolk in council tax bands A-C. People who think they qualify for assistance should call 01553 616461 for more information.

A further £5,000 is available to help homeowners in West Norfolk stay warm. This will be used to provide free low level insulation such as hot water tank jackets, pipe lagging, and draught excluders for loft hatches, letter boxes and doors to eligible households. The scheme will be delivered by Care and Repair in west Norfolk. Funding has been secured from the Warmer Homes Healthy People fund and was part of the Warm and Well in Norfolk bid submitted by a partnership of Norfolk organisations*. To qualify for this scheme people must own and occupy their home and be in receipt of one of the benefits listed above. For more information please call 0344 800 8020.

Grants of up to £500 are also available to help with the cost of servicing and repairing central heating. To be eligible people must own and occupy their own home and either be in receipt of a means-tested benefit (as listed above), or in receipt of state pension with no other income, disabled or in severe fuel poverty. For more information please call Care and Repair on 01553 616677. This scheme is funded by Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT) and applies to homeowners in Fenland and west Norfolk.

A home energy assessment will be carried out before any works are undertaken.

Funding for these schemes is limited and only available until March 2013 and early application is advised.

Information about the Warmer West Norfolk schemes is available on the council’s website at